Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: How Nomadland Takes Us Along for the Journey


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"Based on the book "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century," the film stars McDormand as Fern, whose livelihood dries up in her small Nevada town, prompting her to pack her belongings into a rundown van and hit the road.

Along the way, she encounters a number of other modern-day nomads -- many played by people actually living that life -- forging passing bonds, engaging in philosophical discussion and sharing tips about surviving this hard-bitten path." from the article: 'Nomadland' drops Frances McDormand into a rootless life on the open road


Nomad land is also about people like you and me that have had hard times, their life has been hard and like us they have made mistakes. Their chosen lifestyle may or may not reflect their mistakes in life. Some were just hit hard by unemployment an chose the open road as a way to survive. The reality is whether we admit it or not any of us could become displaced and marginalized.

The movie captures the beauty of nature in the American West and shows us how several characters care for one another, and it’s clear that family matters to most everyone. The characters of Nomadland are clearly (like us) damaged and hurting in many ways. they are wandering and lost. If we go to the sustaining grace of God's Word we see God’s deliverance of His people and His sustaining power in times of confusion and wandering.

I see Nomadland as another portrayal of how lost we are in this world and how nothing; running away, seeking freedom and happiness through a solitary lifestyle, nothing will relieve our aching heart except Christ.