Becoming Astrid

This is a 2018 movie based upon Astrid Lindgen, who is the Author of Pippi Longstocking children’s books. It is a hard movie at times, just like life. She has a child out of wedlock and much of the story centers around this event. It is a foreign film so you have to read subtitles, which is easy when you get used to it. The setting is in 1926, Sweden and Denmark which is interesting and beautiful. 

We make mistakes in life and sometimes those mistakes produce a lot of consequences. One thing we learned in our family was that children are a gift from God. When children are born to unwed parents, the child has done nothing wrong and is just as innocent and deserving love as any one. This movie depicted an event where two people make mistakes that produce a surprise abrupt pregnancy within a Christian society. Children are life changing in any circumstances, but especially when two committed loving parents are not available. In those days and more recently church people have not always been forgiving, but judgmental. I remember in the years before 1973 and Roe v. Wade, a lot a people would talk of what they would do in hypothetical situations with many believers saying they would get an abortion. In 2008, Barack Obama said about his two daughters, “I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” These horrendous sentiments bely selfish disregard for human life that is abortion. There was no abortion in 1926 Sweden and if so Astrid never considered it. 

A line in the movie was, “Babies just need love,” it can be demonstrated in many ways through child care. In this movie and real life, the love of children produces loving people throughout society. Imagine what an incubator of love was lost through the abortion of over sixty million babies since 1973. I’ve heard people question the loss of genius, courage, ingenuity and acumen in the 60 million killed, but imagine the love which would have been instilled in every parent, caregiver, and family member who’s lives would have been enriched through the love of a child. Scripture teaches that whatever we sow we reap; the measure we use is the measure used for us, and Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (2 Cor. 9:6; Mark 4:24; Matt.5:7) Therefore, all the love given to the 60 million aborted babies would have been multiplied many times over in countless millions of caregivers, parents and family members. This loss to society is incalculable. 

The movie said nothing of abortion, but was a true story of love, courage and redemption, well told, with good acting. It is rated 7.1 on IMDB and I might rate it higher, but it is a reader. Note, this movie may not be suitable for children.

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