It is noon, when I am posting this. The viewing as started, with the Funeral soon to follow.
Terry was a wonderful young man, friendly, funny, and quick. I was fortunate enough to have spent some time with him in his short life. I was able to teach him in Sunday School for a while – now I regret having given that position up. I would read a passage, and ask them to think and we would discuss. He was sharp, quick. He was just fun to be around.
I cannot image what the family is feeling – a mother without a child, a sister without a brother, grandparents loosing their first grandchild, the Church loosing a light in this world. He was for a long time, our only youth around his age. He would sit with us before Church, without children. They would play, and laugh. We ned more children laughing in this world.
As I write this, I am dreading going to the funeral. I try not to think about, about the mortality of my own children. We are rather selfish during this time, thinking of our own mortality more often than we should. I find myself being a lot easier on my youngins – if they are loud, that’s fine. They are in my ‘way’, that’s fine, I would rather have to strain to listen to anything else than to never hear the sound of my children again.
Today, I am going to keep in prayer the pastor who has to preside over this funeral, in the very church building where last week, the young man was singing. Even over the sobs, it will be too quit in that sanctuary. I will pray for the mothers who will hold their children all the more closer. And I will pray for the children.
The Apostle Paul wrote that neither death, nor even life, could remove us from the love of God; John Chrysostom would later write that this same love of God unites us even with those who have been removed from our sight. We will grieve, but I am assured that for those of use who abide in the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord, we will one day be reunited with Terry, and not tear will ever dampen the eye.
Pray for me.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (The Apostle Paul to the Romans)
For such is the power of love, it embraces, and unites, and fastens together not only those who are present, and near, and visible but also those who are far distant; and neither length of time, nor separation in space, nor anything else of that kind can break up and sunder in pieces the affection of the soul. (Chrysostom)
My wife has a blog, and has issued her own thoughts.