I love the story of Matilda. It is the story of an abused child who meets an adult who was also abused. Together they defeat the abusers and begin making new memories.


I wish life had happy endings like that.


I remember my dad once telling me, as a 9 year old, that I had ‘sad eyes’. I wanted to tell him about all the bad stuff that was happening to me. But I was too scared. And I didn’t have the words. This little girl’s performance of ‘Quiet’ reminds me of that. She captures – for a few brief minutes – what it is like to be experiencing abuse as a child. An inspired performance, it made me want to wrap her in my arms and say, “No one will ever hurt you again!”


I share this here with you, so that you can gain an insight. The great thing about the story of Matilda is the happy ending. I will always remember the voiceover at the end of the film. Danny Devito says, “As bad as things were before, that’s how good they became.” As believers, this is what we are supposed to bring to the suffering of this world: a new life, a better life, a chance to live and not just exist.


This is what Jesus said:


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed
and announce that the time has come
    when the Lord will save his people.

Luke 4:18,19 GNT


I am your hands and feet in this broken world, Lord. May I never turn my face away from the hurting. May I never place my own comfort at a higher priority than the suffering of the little ones, the weak and the vulnerable – those you call ‘blessed’. Use me, according to your good purpose. For this is your glory fulfilled.