I missed a funeral the other day. I could have gone. I had the time. The service was near enough. But I had misunderstood where and when the service was to be.
We probably don't think much of funerals being important occasions, not to be missed. We are likelier to think they are the families' particular business, and not such high priority for us.
But this woman who died was my friend. As a young person she had been part of our church. She had felt a call to the ministry in her early middle age. We had worked with her and encouraged her in her studies and progress toward Ordination. She had even served on our staff. She meant something to us. Her life was important. I had visited her in hospice before she died.
But, I wasn't there when those who cared, gathered in love to send her on her way home to heaven. That is the time when people need each other. When it means something to see the faces of people dear to you. When it helps to know people care about the dear one in your life who's gone. When those who care come close and speak a word of love.
We make a difference to each other . We need to honor that when we can. We count in the lives of others. And they do to ours.
Something to remember in this divided world.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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