13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
By Joan Biddle
On a hillside in Ireland, a young girl walks a path. She’s lost. A handsome Irishman comes along, helps her find her way, and the rest is history.
Years later, the man, the girl’s husband, dies, but has prepared a series of letters for his widow to read, instructions for how to move on with her life. Hilary Swank plays the girl, Holly, and Gerard Butler is Gerry, her husband.
The movie is P.S. I Love You, based on the book by Cecelia Ahern. I would argue it’s one of the few movies that are actually better than the book. Why? The heart the actors put into their roles. Specifically Hilary Swank.
You can feel Holly’s grief all over her in a way you couldn’t in the book. She emanates loss in every part of her body. She’s met the man of her dreams, and that was her chance. And now it’s gone.
Without Swank’s performance in this role, the book would have remained, for me at least, an averagely enjoyable book about loss and starting over. But Hilary Swank lent something to this movie (along with the director, writer and other cast) that can’t be replicated. She added the salt needed to show the deep truths present here.
As young Holly walks that path where she’ll meet Gerry for the first time, the beautiful Irish countryside stretches beside her and she’s alone, far away from home, and lost. Gerry finds her in life, and he’s beside her still after his death.
Life is so much more than we see. Let us be salt to those around us. Let us lean in, listen and be alive.
(Editor's Note: Members write these blog posts as they reflect on passage or experience from church.)