Powerful Memories pt 1

I attended a funeral today. I hate funerals. (It’s not just wearing a tie either.) Maybe you hate them too or maybe you don’t get me right now. I’m sorry if that doesn’t make sense to you. I mean, we talk about the “departed” and celebrate their lives and that’s good, I know. We sing praises to the faithfulness of our God and that’s really really good. I know that. So yes there are good things in funerals. God honouring, family loving things take place there. And those while not always easy are good.

But I always cry. I don’t like to cry. Oh, my wife tells me it’s one of the things she appreciates in me. But I don’t like to do it. And at funerals I cry. Not all the time. Not even only if I know the person. I cry at total stranger’s funerals. I cry when I see the children, grandchildren (especially them), parents and spouses who are left behind. I cry when I hear them talk of the memories of their beloved one. I cry because the memories are now done. There will be no more new ones. There will be no more moments this side of Heaven. (great I’m getting misty already)

The promise of Heaven is amazing and wonderful. But now is a lonelier place from here on in for those left behind.
I cry at the memories that are shared. Often I laugh while I’m crying. (Typical male, can’t get my emotions straight, eh?) But the stuff that is shared is so real, human, personal and charmingly funny that you can’t help but laugh. And so I laugh while I cry.

It makes me realize that it’s important how we make memories with our loved ones. The things that not only will be remembered at funerals and in stories after we’re gone but the things that we’ll all laugh about and enjoy as we live our lives. The stuff we can reflect on as we think of our kids, parents, grandparents, friends, spouses even before they die.

God made a point of telling his people to remember repeatedly.

In Deuteronomy 7, we see “remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.”

pt 2 coming up…

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