A 2006 movie called Love Actually has one of the best
openings in recent years. It begins with two young people
running toward each other and falling into each other’s arms,
kissing joyfully. Then you see a mother being hugged by her
two little girls, then two older women, perhaps sisters,
embracing. As these scenes give way to others, you become
aware that all this takes place in an airport at the arrivals gate.
Accompanying these images is a voiceover.
Whenever he feels down about the condition of the world,
the speaker goes to the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport in
London. Despite the fact that there is so much hatred and
greed in the world, he says, Heathrow is one place where
things seem different. At Heathrow love is everywhere.
All the while you hear this voice, you are watching people
rush into each other’s arms. For a full minute you see the
world as a welcoming, warm, loving place. You know it’s
something of a set-up because who goes to meet people at
airports other than family, good friends, people in a loving
relationship? But isn’t this God’s plan for the world, what God
wants most from us: love God; love one another.
The voiceover concludes by noting that right before the
planes hit the Twin Towers in New York City, all the calls that
went out were messages of love. People chose to have their
final words be professions of love. Making that choice on a
daily basis is what makes us perfect—that is, full-grown,