The Netflix satire Don’t Look Up is about an impending apocalypse caused by a massive meteor heading for earth.
Inevitably, there are references to faith and two prayers are said in the film.
The first is by the President’s Chief of Staff, played by Jonah Hill:
‘I’ve been noticing a lot of prayers recently for people during this time and I commend that, but I also wanna give a prayer for stuff. There’s dope stuff, like material stuff, like sick apartments and watches, and cars, and clothes and s*** that could all go away and I don’t wanna see that stuff go away. So I’m gonna say a prayer for that stuff. Amen.’
The second prayer is said by the young skater-boy, Yule (Timothée Chalamet), in the closing scene. Earlier in the film, he tells Kate (Jennifer Lawrence):
“My parents raised me Evangelical. I hate them, but I found my own way to it. My own relationship….I’d appreciate if you didn’t advertise it, though.”
As the meteor comes closer to earth, the main characters gather together for a family meal. A last supper. Despite not being religious, the astronomy professor Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) suggests that they say a prayer.
Yule says ‘I’ve got this’. Everyone around the table holds hands and he says:
Dearest Father and Almighty Creator,
We ask for your grace tonight, despite our pride.
Your forgiveness, despite our doubt.
Most of all Lord, we ask for your love to soothe us through these dark times.
May we face whatever is to come in your divine will,
with courage and open hearts of acceptance.
The writer and director, Adam McKay, has said that this scene is his favourite from the whole film.
I think it’s a great prayer that is worth reflecting on and perhaps saying for yourself and for our world this New Year?