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There Will Come a Day
By Darrell Haskins With on February 10, 2013

Augusta attempts to remove herself from the pain of life in Italy by fleeing to Brazil. Her husband has left her after a miscarriage and she wrestles with her grief and questions about her life while traveling on a boat in the Amazon basin with her aunt who is a catholic nun ministering to villages along the river. The sound of water lapping the side of a boat fills the darkness. Clouds scudding across a full moon and a sonogram video fill the screen before we see a sleepless Augusta leaning on the railing of the boat with tears streaming down her cheeks. As she travels with her aunt helping others she cannot seem to find the solace she desperately seeks. The immensity of the Amazon basin is a sharp contrast to the small boat traveling on the river and parallels Augusta’s small life in the great river of humanity. The world is big. We are small. We experience joy and pain and try to make sense of it all as we travel through as we try and learn to love and be loved along the way. The importance of community and the relationships in which we are involved are a significant theme in There Will Come a Day. Augusta moves in many relational circles throughout the film. We see Augusta’s family, the sisters of the convent in Italy, the residents of the stilt house slums, the villages along the river, and the other missionaries along the river all connected through Augusta. She is shaped by the relationships as she also shapes the lives of others. There is a new mission center being built that the missionaries see as a wonderful opportunity for those living in the little villages along the river to find jobs and relocate to improved living conditions. Their efforts are met with some resistance from the villagers. They do not want to relocate to the new mission center for fear that they will lose their sense of community in the process. After becoming disillusioned with the means by which the catholic missionaries are executing their mission, Augusta strikes out on her own to work with the poor in the stilt house slum along the riverbank of an urban area. The slum is slated for demolition and the people try to rally and preserve the sense of community they have built despite the horrible living conditions. The community forms the reality of life for those in each of these examples. As much as we like to try and view ourselves as independent and self-sufficient we cannot escape the truth that we were built for community. We were built for relationship. God uses the relationships in our lives to do his work of restoration and transformation. Augusta wrestles with God alone on a beach along the river but cannot truly enter into a process of healing until she connects with again. We cannot find wholeness or healing in isolation. By some mysterious design it is through our connection with other broken people that we are healed. God chooses to use the imperfect to perfect us.

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