"To Love Another Person is to See the Face of God."

Laura K. Meier
Creating estate, business, and life plans that ensure a family’s complete protection and well-being.

"To Love Another Person is to See the Face of God."

During this past week, while witnessing so much hurt and pain so many are experiencing, I sat down one night with my daughter and the next-door neighbor and watched the movie version of the play Les Misérables. I didn’t realize how relevant the story line is to our culture today.

Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables follows the journey of a man and his desire for redemption after being jailed for nineteen years for stealing bread. I won't summarize the entire plot line, but long story short, every character is condemned in some fashion by their fellow man...sound familiar?

 
 

There’s the criminal who stole bread and eventually escapes from prison, who reforms his life after a man of the cloth shows mercy on him.

There’s the man of the law who can’t stop hunting the criminal as a matter of principle no matter how much he reforms his life.

There’s the woman who was abandoned by her spouse and turns in desperation to cheap money to support her daughter; and

There’s the passionate young men who lawlessly barricade themselves after trying to take down the government for its oppressing policies.

The play follows each of these characters' journeys, allowing you to understand their pain and see their mistreatment among the hands of others. You know they’ve engaged in wrongdoing, but you find yourself feeling compassion, empathy, and hope that they can just live their lives free of the physical and mental chains that enslave them. The play so eloquently ends with the main character (the reformed criminal) passing away, finally free of all that plagued him along with those who passed before him. His final words, as you can watch in the clip above, are “to love another person is to see the face of God.”

As I self-reflect this week and listen to people's experiences, I hope we can contemplate these life-changing lessons from Les Misérables, reminding us that no matter whether we've been hurt by others, or have hurt others, that only love, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness can truly free us and enable us to do the same for others.

Your family is very special to me. Your well-being and inherent value are on my mind. My family and team are here for you today and always.

Warmest regards,

Laura and Josh

The Meier Law Firm

p.s. Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there, especially to my husband Josh, my dad Allen, and my father-in-law David. I hope your day is fun and relaxing and that you all get your sports back very soon!

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