We are gathered in the chapel today to pay our last respects to our beloved sister and friend who was called to the Lord a few days ago.
As you look around, you no doubt notice that some friends you thought would be here are absent. I need to let you know that some people shy away from funeral homes with everything in them. Perhaps there are many reasons for this, but the big one is simply this: attending a service like this one forces people to think about the issues of life and death. And it will not come as news to you to learn that many people will do everything in their power to avoid such confrontations and examinations.
But you’re here and I’m here and there will never be a better time. So, let’s do it. Let’s think about life and death.
I’d like to give you four words about Life and four words about death, to take home with you and to reflect on in the days ahead.
FOUR WORDS ON LIFE….
1) Life is a mystery.
One of the great arguments in our society is when exactly life begins. A far greater mystery is the origin of life itself, as to when and how it began on this planet. And then, when the spirit departs and the body is no longer alive, what happened there? Where did the spirit go? There is an eternal mystery about life. Don’t be surprised if we never figure it all out this side of Heaven.
2) Life is a gift.