The following two blogs originated in a graveside service the writer conducted. It was the last of 4 funerals our congregation had in a few months’ time, the last three within two weeks.
II Corinthians 4:16-5:1 offers the reason Christians must live for tomorrow. There’s always enough sorrow in life to eclipse our joy, if we let sorrow dominate. OR…there’s always more than enough Joy than sorrow can ever eclipse, if we let Jesus fill us with himself and his promises.
The apostle confronted that dilemma as he wrote the above text. He understood the problem of humanity: “outwardly we are wasting away.” The four loved ones we lost experienced that wasting. Of the quartet only one death shocked us by its suddenness. We watched the other three vanish in stages—one lady slipped away in a worship service, only to rally for a few more weeks.
Like them, all of us waste away: bodily, mentally, emotionally…until we go the way of all the earth. We’re either now tired or weary or exhausted, or, like my brother Rich a few days before he died, “WORN OUT.” If not now, later. If not immediately, eventually.
Death…the human condition that interrupts relationships, cancels friendships, ends marriages, blasts retirement plans and mocks all the improvements in diet, health, exercise and medical care to significantly lengthen lifespans.
Yet…appreciate that little conjunction…though all I’ve written is true… – End Part I –
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