What is to Come
A NOTE FROM PASTOR BOB
One might argue we think about death a little bit more based upon our stage of life or even life circumstances occurring. What do you think? My experience is most people don’t think about death until a situational experience occurs and at that moment, it’s on the forefront of the mind.
As a pastor I experience death often. I recall the first time I was asked to go to a home to pray over a loved one who was transitioning from this life to what comes next. At first it was uncomfortable. I didn’t know what to say or even what to pray. So, I did the only thing I could do. I was present. Jesus said, “Blessed is he or she who comes in the name of the Lord.” Even in death, presence is so important.
All Saint’s Sunday warms my heart because it is a reminder we remain connected. Connection for many comes in life. We have connections with our families when we gather for reunions. We connect with our friends over dinner or a movie. We connect with co-workers during the week. We remain connected. As followers of Jesus we know the connection remains, even in death. The hymn “For All the Saints” says it this way, “O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feeble struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia, Alleluia!” My beloved friends, as we think of our dear loved ones who have gone on to the Church Triumphant, may we know like our God, they are with us. Death has no sting!