Grief is a Messy Business

I watched part of the film We Are Marshall which broadcast on either AMC or the Family Channel (channel surfing) the other day. The film told the story of the November 14, 1970, plane crash that took the lives of 37 of the Marshall University football team, the coaching staff, many community leaders of Huntington, West Virginia as well as 5 crew members.

In total, seventy five lives were lost in the crash. This of course, devastated the university and the community.

Chris Griffin

Through the composite characters of Paul Griffin, played by Ian McShane and Annie Cantrell played by Kate Mara, the film dramatizes the aftermath of the crash. Their stories intertwine because Griffin’s son, Chris, was Annie’s fiancé. When Chris died, their lives were plunged into a year of pain that seemed unbearable. Why? Because, as Paul told Annie, “Grief is messy.”

Paul Griffin was right, grief is messy.

All of us grieve at one time or another—including those of us who are Christ-followers. For the believer, however, there is something beyond the tears, pain, and loss. There is always hope. There is always hope… see I said it twice just to remind myself.

The apostle Paul, writing to a church family who had seen loved ones taken in death, 1 Thess. 4:13). Loss and death are part of life, but believers can face them, knowing that Christians never say goodbye for the last time.

We can comfort one another (v.18) with the hope of the resurrection and a future reunion.

Just remember, there is always hope.

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