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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Luke 12:34
People Get Ready
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I wonder what they will say about me on that day when they gather for my funeral? Will my life have served as a witness, after I am gone, to the faith I claimed to have while I lived?
As Psalm 90 says of us, “We are like grass which flourishes in the morning; by evening, it fades and withers.”
Jesus reminds us that, in the midst of the uncertainty of life, we live with a promise, the promise that death is real but it does not have the final word. Jesus says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”(Lk 12:32)
And God has given us everything we need to live in to that promise. We have the community of faith, the church, a foretaste of the feast to come.
But is the church enough?
Potluck suppers and bible studies.
Choir rehearsals and Sunday school.
Quilting and small groups.
Mission trips and youth groups.
All lovely things, but are they really any match for the power of death?
After 2000 years of death and dying, the church has not lost the hope of resurrection. We are the church on earth and the host of heaven. So people get ready, there’s a train a-coming!
(Click on the message link to hear about two of many times the church has surrounded my own family with hope in the midst of death.)
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. Does the idea of the “coming of the Lord” at the end of time bring you a sense of comfort or one of fear?
2. How has the church been a place of faith and hope for you during times of loss or sorrow?
Take a few moments to imagine your own funeral. I know, I know, this does not sound like a relaxing summer activity. Even so, as Easter people, we are encouraged to have no fear. We live with the promise of resurrection. What memories are your loved ones likely to be sharing during your funeral? What will they have to say about how you lived out your faith? The life you are now living is coloring the answers to these questions.
So go in peace, serve the Lord!
See you in church!