Making the Most of our Funerals

Solomon, known for his wisdom, came to the conclusion that funerals were more profitable to the living than the exciting moments associated with newborn babies and festive parties. What was his reasoning? Find out here at Christian Blessings.

An interesting and worthwhile read related to this topic is over at the Wordsmith’s Desk. You can find it here.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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4 Responses to Making the Most of our Funerals

  1. Chaz says:

    A dynamic of funerals I recently pondered about is how we isolate the positive only about the deceased person. I fully understand the consideration for those grieving. I wonder, what if our funerals were more open and honest? I can’t imagine how, but what if there were some opportunity to say, “That person really hurt me”, or “They really were dishonest”?

    I don’t think that would compete with the point of your post and the link in that funerals can be very instrumental in helping us maintain an awareness of God.

    I simply wonder if recognizing the shortcomings would not help us more often think twice about how we affect others and what people would say honestly about us at our own funeral. Every funeral is fluffed in favour of the positive… and I understand why… I just wonder what would happen if it were more balanced and honest.

    Ciao.

    Chaz

  2. writinggomer says:

    Very good comment Steve! Wow. Thank you for sharing that with all of us.
    Blessings to you. 🙂

  3. writinggomer says:

    Yes, great post friend.
    God bless yo in your service to Him.

  4. Steven Sawyer says:

    This is a great post. You are spot on about making something out of our funerals. I can say this now, but I was a little bit sad, but happy when Mom died. She had suffered and recovered from two bouts with breast cancer, then contracted lung cancer and finally brain cancer. The day she died I wrote one of the most joy-filled emails to my friends and family I ever composed. When I went to the funeral home to see her in her casket for the first time I was overjoyed. I drove right home and told my family, “Mom looks beautiful!” And picked them up so we could all go see her. They made her look so pretty and pristine. What filled me with the most joy was knowing (I’m crying as I’m writing this. It’s the first time I’ve written about it) she wasn’t there. She was walking the streets of gold, arm in arm with Jesus. How can anyone be sad about that! I still miss her terribly even though she’s been gone since 2005. Her funeral was a magnificent celebration. (except for the pianist. Mom wanted joyful songs played fast. Our pianist was our fourth choice. Mom’s first three picks were unavailable. She was in her late 80’s and had arthritis in both hands. Her playing dragged like dirges. But it was a celebration. I did mom’s eulogy. It was funny and lighthearted, like mom wanted. And I got all the way through it without tearing or choking up. But like you said, “death brings pain, suffering, loss, and hurt, he also found it brought opportunity to remember… to reflect… to realize.” We did all that, but we celebrated too. Thanks for this reminder and opportunity to reflect on mom and her life, as well as her funeral. (Those water spots on this comment are tears. Just wipe them off with a soft cloth.)

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