We’ve owned the movie for many years.
Our children have grown up laughing at the way Bud Searcy made that “brag shot” and then promptly fainted.
They’ve discussed how spoiled Arliss was and how he should be more respectful to his elders and older brother.
They have always liked Travis, who never gave up trying to protect Lisbeth and Arliss, even enduring torture for trying to make a way of escape for them.
So, it seemed like a good idea when I had the opportunity to own an old library copy of the book.
I’d never read it, but figured if the movie was good the book would be better.
When I finished reading it aloud to our son, Jase, I was surprised.
I like the movie better.
The book was probably more true to life, but it was a lot sadder and more violent.
I didn’t grow up in Texas, nor am I old enough to know many “Old West” stories, besides a few told by a very elderly neighbor when I was a teen.
But I was born in the West, and I have known my share of people who understand wild animals, the danger they can pose; farmers and ranchers who never really stop working; as well as a few people whose families have lived in the same area since their ancestors crossed the prairie in search of a future.
There’s a separate feeling to those folks, which still bring a realness to stories like Savage Sam.
Although, it won’t make our “frequently read” list, I’m certain we will continue to enjoy the movie.
And the entire experience has reminded me, again, how evern in a fictional story, my heart cheers for those who are willing to sacrifice to save others from the grip of evil.
I’m even more thankful to God for His payment for us to escape the clutches of wickedness.
For our true enemy is not mankind, even when they fall prey to begin the mode utilized by evil, but rather it is our ancient foe, the devil and the demonic spirits.
Matthew 25:41 KJV — Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
But through Christ, we have freedom, redemption, and salvation from the ways of evil.
Psalm 9:16 KJV — The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your salvation. Lord, thank You for the men and women whose names are unknown, but are people who have stood in the way of those trying to harm the innocent, who have sacrificed to protect the helpless. Lord, thank You that we can find faith and hope in Your Word and know that no matter the circumstances, You will judge, evil will not endure. Lord, thank You for Your promises and especially the confident expectation of Your return. Lord Jesus, for those who are being a pawn in the hand of the enemy of our souls, please help them to break out of the abuse, the self-destructive behavior, the ways of wickedness. Please help each one of Your followers to love others, to walk with integrity, and to speak the truth, that we might be used by You to thwart the efforts of the enemy. Lord, help us to remember that we don’t fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. Thank You that You defeated sin and death once and for all. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.