‘The Christmas Candle’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
The Christmas Candle – is a timeless and inspirational story based on the novel by bestselling author, Max Lucado.
Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end.
When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David’s quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.
Loved the music in this one, not surprising since Susan Boyle is in it. I’ve always enjoyed films set during this time frame. Some things that stood out to me in this film were:
- The concept of intercession for an entire town. We really need to do this, each one of us for the towns in which we live.
- When we think God is silent, perhaps He really isn’t. He is always working, behind the scenes to bring about His will in our lives.
- Good works vs. a miracle…Be the Miracle! Give hope wherever you can.
- The whole town praying reminded me of, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘.
- The church should be the first ones to light the way to new technology, not to last to catch up with the world. (Not referring to worldliness where the church shouldn’t have any part in.)
Personal story here about someone being my miracle (or answer to prayer). Miracles don’t last…just read about all the miracles and all the whining afterwards from the Israelites. We are JUST the same. There was a time in my life, many years ago, that everything that could go wrong…did and I was in a bad situation with no money for food. I was working, but the place that promised me money was not really a great place, I was naive and made nothing for 6 weeks of hard work. One day – a member of the church came with a truckload of basic necessities and food that had been collected by the members of that church. It was called a pounding. I will never forget that kindness. I was sure to share that kindness to my neighbors too, since they were also very needy. I wonder how we could be a blessing to something in simple, practical ways.
A quality film, great cinematography and a real show of practical Christianity in action. Job well done with Max Lucado’s book.
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