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Hope, hurt woven in country music, faith

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Country music often has been filled with enough hurt and sadness to fill a soap opera or two. Same for Scripture, overflowing in parts with suffering and loss.

The Rev. Bill Griffith, a retired pastor in Columbus, sees similarities between the two.

“Country music is about sorrow, heartache, pain and despair, but also hope,” Griffith said. “These themes are at the heart of a person’s faith, also.”

The former Our Hospice of South Central Indiana chaplain will help people see the links between the two elements in an hour-long presentation, “Country Music and the Christian Faith,” at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. May 10 at a Second Saturday program at Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. in Columbus. Second Saturday offers a variety of topics and activities monthly for people 50 and older.

Griffith, whose favorite country artist is Alan Jackson, will include artists normally weaving hurt and hope into the same tune, such as Carrie Underwood (“Jesus, Take the Wheel”) and Rascal Flatts (“Bless the Broken Road”).

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