Friday, February 29, 2008
a real prayer
I'm working my way through a new series: Six Feet Under.
In a stunning and surprising scene towards the end of episode four, there was this prayer at the conclusion of a fallen gang member's funeral:
Please bring rest and peace to our fallen brother, son, friend, Manuel Paco Bolin.
May he live with you forever in your light and truth.
Almighty Father, Amen.
Then the gang leader prayed for the family of the funeral home (the stars of the series):
We also want to thank the Fishers, who lost a father, and husband, the Lord bring peace to them in their grief as you have in ours. We'll miss you . . .
I can't remember the last time I saw a real prayer said on a TV show or movie. It was moving and heartfelt . . . quite touching, at least for me.
Religion, especially Christianity, doesn't receive much favorable press these days. It's refreshing to see a series present it in a different light . . . one that shows the comfort faith can give humanity.
It's an interesting series and one that I think I'm really going to like.