We are home now from our trip to Kansas to be with my sister whose husband died last week unexpectedly. Another funeral. Seeing people I haven't seen in years (and I mean years!). To say goodbye again after saying goodbye to father-in-law last week. The pastor at my brother-in-law's funeral had such a good message that I hope resonated with everyone who needed to hear. He was talking about how wonderful and good my brother-in-law was. Everyone who knew him knew they could count on him. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He helped anyone who needed help. He was a fantastic carpenter. As this message of how good my brother-in-law was, it came to a head in saying that being such a wonderful and good person wasn't what got him into heaven. All of his good deeds didn't get him into heaven. It was because my brother-in-law had a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ since 1966 and was born again and saved by grace. That's exactly the kind of message that should be given at a funeral. Death will come to all of us. And everyone needs to know the message of salvation. I truly believe that was the only funeral I've attended where the salvation message was given. What a gift! And it was my brother-in-law's request. He didn't know his death was going to happen as soon as it did, but he had told the pastor a long time ago that if he was still pastor of the church when he died, he wanted the message to be the salvation message. And "say it as strong as you can"! : ) Along with caring for the physical needs of others, he cared for their souls too.
Now, we need to get back to the job of living. Life does go on. It has to go on. It may not be with much energy or zeal right now. The waves of emotion will come and go. The thoughts of those left behind will always be with us. The memories are forever. But there is something so comforting in knowing WHERE those loved ones are that help us to get through. That while here on earth, we need to keep going, knowing that someday we will be reunited with them again.
At both funerals, Psalm 91 was read. I would encourage you to read it too. Great encouragement to those who trust in God.
Thank you for dropping by. I will, hopefully, get back to posting about my love for homemaking and chatting about the day-to-day things that go on around here. : ) God bless you!