Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/18/2018
Last week on Sunday I mentioned I had a Pastor’s hat trick. (A Baptism, a Wedding, and celebrating Holy Communion) This thought was from my talk with some at the Hockey game about Gordie Howe and what he celebrated as a hat trick, a goal, an assist, and a fight. The usual hat trick in hockey is three goals. I am not blessed with all those three today but I am blessed in a way you may think unusual. Today I get a chance to say goodbye to an old friend, John.
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” (John 11:33-36)
This afternoon I get to speak at a service for one of our longer-term shut-in’s John Kirkland. His wife just died a few months ago and this may be a case of where the other spouse dies shortly thereafter without any great medical cause. Funerals are times when people say what they have felt for years, but never had the courage to say. They are moments of great love. People saw that love in Jesus at the funeral of Lazarus. Jesus is the best person to bring to a funeral. He changes things. He brings light to darkness. He brings life to the dead. He brings His love wherever He goes. Because of Jesus, we can say with confidence.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)
When Jesus spoke at the grave of Lazarus he said come out, so he could see Jesus. Today I want John’s family to know what Jesus says to John, “Come Home to see Jesus face to face.”
In Christ’s Service,