Pain in Storytelling
As we work through the score for the movie “A Love That Hurts”, I’ve now several times found myself writing music for very painful scenes. This isn’t unusual material for movies–pain is a very real part of storytelling. The contrast of joy and suffering is an important part of the craft.
But what suddenly struck me as odd was the fact that, somehow, writing this music that reflects so much emotion and hurt is very satisfying. When I stopped for a moment to absorb that fact, it seemed rather strange to me. Why do I find some of the greatest artistic satisfaction in writing for these moments of pain and suffering?
Glorying in the Trials
I was reminded of Paul and the way he liked to boast about his own pain and suffering. In some ways I find that Paul seems to revel in recounting the many ways he has suffered for Christ. Or James, who says in James 1:2 to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials”. James goes on to say that these trials are what produces patience in us, part of God’s work in sanctifying us as His children.
I think I’m beginning to understand why I love the aspects of sadness I find in stories. It serves as a reminder to me of all the things which Christ came to take away from us. All the sorrow, pain, and loss–even death itself–will soon be taken away from us forever. The great suffering we endure reveals the even-greater love our Father shows for us. Our souls are forged and strengthened in the fire of trials on this earth.
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