The shelters where Gardner found temporary safe harbor for himself and his son were operated by ministries. And, when he was at rock bottom, when it seemed like things could not get worse, there he was in the shelter church, bolstering his faith to go on.
It's an important message for a Christmas season film. Particularly at a time when somehow it has become in vogue, or expedient, to call Christmas a secular holiday. The film reminds us of the dangers of dealing with either the worst of times or the best of times without awareness of that which lies beyond us.
And, of course, a film taking its title from Thomas Jefferson's famous words about "the pursuit of happiness" is indeed a film about our USA.
We are taking a beating these days, and I'm not talking about Iraq. I'm talking about a world in which it is becoming more and more acceptable to hate America. And, I'm talking about a kind of black mood and depression that has been gripping us at home.
The Pursuit of Happyness rings out the year with a reminder of the singular greatness of our country. If the Iraqis, the French, or anyone else wants to know what freedom is about, they can visit us and see.
The only barriers to success in America are those that individuals erect for themselves.
Chris Gardner's story shows us that the formula for realizing dreams is a free country with men and women of character and faith.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.