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Monday, July 28, 2003

Facing Death-Kevin Holtsberry, one of the early backers of my blog, lost his grandma over the weekend. I'm not sure what's harder about funerals; morning the loss of the loved one or coming face-to-face with your own mortality. For those of us from a more evangelical mind-set, our thoughts are of comfort if the deceased was a believer, knowing that they are with the Lord. Often, if the deceased was in a lot of pain in the latter years, we can say that they are "in a better place now" with a straight face. If they didn't have a observable faith in Jesus, then our hearts starts to think the ugly thought that they might not be in that "better place;" I know I had that thought when both of my grandmothers passed away. I had to go through a funeral earlier this month when Eileen's "Aunt" Sandy died (actually her mom's cousin, but she was like an extra daughter to Eileen's grandma). One of the advantages of a funeral is that it gets everyone else thinking about death and life-after-death and their own relationship to God. For some people, weddings and funerals are the only time that they'll be darkening the door of a church. A good eulogy with an evangalistic twist can be very effective; the Lutheran pastor who gave the eulogy at Sandy's funeral did a good job at that. Pray for the unsaved folks at Kevin's grandma's funeral, that the situation and the message soften some hearts. However, don't just pray for the unsaved loved ones but the unloved saved ones as well; sometimes, family members who have a hard time getting along are thrown together, and tempers can flair up. I'm praying that Kevin and the rest of his family will allow Christ love to shine through their grief.

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