Today I watched the 2006 movie, The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Set during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War (it opens in 1920), the story centers around two brothers, Damien and Teddy, who join the Irish Republican Army.
While watching this film, many things ran through my mind. A prayer that lasting peace will come to the Irish. The pain of the poor and the weak when people with power and guns choose to control them. The pain of mothers and women who watch their sons, husbands, lovers fighting a war in their own backyard. The dread that the day will come when I will see war happening on American soil, fear that, if not me, my children or grandchildren will have to live through it. The desire to see peace not only in Ireland but in the whole world. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
This isn’t a feel good movie, but it is one I’m glad I saw, even through it broke my heart. I recommend it to you.