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The mission of the Faithspotting Podcast is to spot and explore faith as reflected in popular film, TV, streaming programing, and music. 

Aug 19, 2021


Kenny and Mike discuss the Amazon Prime film VAL and spot faith reflected in the 2021 documentary autobiographical film on Val Kilmer.

Faith Notes: Below are additional thoughts on the faith elements discussed in the episode. 

This film shows that joy and peace are possible after devestating loss. While not showing the entire process Val Kilmer used to overcome the many losses in his life, it does show that grief and  recovery is more than a passage of time, it is a process to work through.

As Val writes at the end of the film, healing is experienced through love and love is based on honesty. The love of Christ is the great source of healing in life, healing that leads most importantly to peace. Christ is always honest, sharing the feelings anger, loss, and pain we experience.  As Christ was honest in his feelings, thoughts, and emotions, to grieve and to recover from loss one needs to be honest with feelings of anger, mourning, and loss. Included in this honesty and is the recognition and acceptance that although life's hopes, dreams and expectations have changed, new hope, dreams and expectations can emerge.

Purpose also can play a central role in enduring the pain of loss and moving into recovery and peace. Val Kilmer rediscovered his purpose as an artist, not only creating his own art, but helping to provide a resource for other artists. This film was a part of that purpose, to show that healing and recovery is possible. He also worked with a company in developing AI technology that can serve to return a persons voice after it has been lost.  (See Link Below)

While the time through the grieving process is unqiue for the individual, it is a journey through a season that leads to a new normality in life. Although pain and void remain in life, they do not have to be of life.

Passages for Grief Season: (NRSV)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15          For everything there is a season..

Lamentations 3:19-26   The Lord is my portion..I will hope in Him.

Psalm 23                         The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

Psalm 103:8,13-14,17      The Lord is merciful and gracious..

Psalm 147:3,5                ...The Lord heals the brokenhearted...

Isaiah 25: 1, 6-9                He will swallow up death forever.

Isaiah 43: 18-21               Do not remember the former things....I                                             am about to do a new thing

Isaiah 55:6-13                  ..For you shall go out in joy and be led                                               back in peace.

Matthew 11:25-30          ....Come to me all who labor...   

John 1:1-18                        ...The Light shines in the darkness...

John 14:1-4,18-19,25-27   Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Romans 8:18-39               ...In all things we are more than                                                        conquerors through Him who loved us.

1 Corinthians 15:35-57 ...Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Revelation 21:1-7              ....Mourning and crying and pain will                                                be no more....