A few days ago, Monica and I did something we haven’t done in a long time...we went to see a movie. The movie we saw was “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
Of course most of us know that “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” was a TV show for younger children. He taught them about how to deal with, well, life.
The storyline of the movie focuses on the friendship between Mr. Rogers and a hard hitting journalist named Tom.
I highly recommend this movie to you. The only four-letter word I recall in the movie was “fame” (if you see the movie, you’ll understand).
There was one line in the movie, though, that I actually leaned over and told Monica, “I have to use that!”
While I don’t want to give away the plot of the movie, Mr. Rogers has helped Tom work through some issues. Tom has found Mr. Rogers to be about as genuinely a “good guy” as he has ever met.
When Tom’s father is dying, Mr. Rogers visits the family. After Mr. Rogers “introduces himself” to everyone and they eat the cake he brought, there is an awkward silence. Mr. Rogers breaks that silence by saying:
“To die is human, and anything human is mentionable. Anything mentionable is manageable.”
I’ve sat in that awkward silence many times. I’ve struggled with knowing what to say in that situation. I’ve even had small children sit on my lap in my office with their parents, trying to explain why their friend, parent, grandparent, etc. has passed away.
I guess that’s why this line stuck with me. While a small child may not understand, as an adult, it helps me get it.
It is not easy to lose someone we love. It hurts. We grieve. But it is a part of life...of being human.
But, as Christians, we can confidently say that even death is manageable...because death was defeated by Jesus!