In The Shawshank Redemption, Red and Andy, the two main characters, have two very different perspectives about their lives in prison. Red is cynical. He embraces and depends on the prison. Andy is hopeful. He will try anything to break down the prison walls. In the end, Red becomes a man of hope, and hope carries both characters to the Pacific. The personality of the psalmist is, at different times, like both characters. In some moments, he is resigned to his prison of sin and suffering. In others, he hopes for deliverance. At the end of his journey, the psalmist seems to be a person of mature hope, one who will work hard to unleash God’s hope. This begs the questions, are we people who accept despair or people who try and try again for hope?
Sunday message from September 1, 2013. The video clip at the end of the sermon is taken from the final scene of The Shawshank Redemption.