By Donald Lee
Special to Inside The Pew
“Eric, he’s got a right to be upset with you,” the captain says immediately after another fireman rebukes that subordinate, Eric Harmon (Jason McLeod). “You left him in a dangerous spot and tried to be a hero.”
“But Captain,” Eric responds, “I thought I heard someone calling for help.”
“It was coming from outside the building,” the captain interjects.
“But it was so dark, I mean I couldn’t see anything,” Eric tries to explain.
“That’s why you stay with your partner,” the captain says. “He had no choice but to assume that something happened to you and you needed his help. You never leave your partner — especially in a fire.
“You give him some time and then give him an apology,” he says. “And make it sincere.”
“Yes, Sir,” Eric responds.
Capt. Holt pats Eric on the back and then walks off.
While the captain approaches his job of putting out literal fires with great passion and wisdom, the film is about how he lacks that same zeal and is ignorant when it comes to extinguishing the metaphoric fires that threaten his marriage.
This movie is an accurate depiction of so many real-life marriages. Husbands and wives, in many marital relationships, put their hearts and souls into their careers or rendering aid to others while failing to protect their own “partners” in marriage.
For reasons such as this, the Christian Couples Conference in the Fort Worth area I co-sponsor with faith-based counselor Aimee Colbert is held quarterly. The conference, slated for Oct. 6 at Grace Church in Haltom City, just north of Fort Worth, will highlight ways couples can “fireproof” their marriages. This will be the second conference; the first was on July 7.
Bishop Lynn Morrison Jr., senior pastor of Word of Faith Christian Church in Baton Rouge, La., will be the guest speaker. The topics he will teach on are “Fireproofing Your Marriage” and “Teen Dating.” Bishop Morrison and his wife, JoAnn, have been married 40 years and have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.
Colbert will speak on “The Mistress’ Mindset,” which addresses identifying which women are at risk of becoming mistresses. She will offer her expertise on how to help habitual mistresses escape that behavioral pattern.
Baton Rouge gospel recording artist Anita Jarrell-Robertson, known for her hit single “Even Me,” will perform at the conference.
For more information about the daylong conference, including free registration and session times, visit Christian Couples Conference, or call Colbert at 817-564-5289.
The conference is for married couples, singles and divorcees.