This morning I found out that another member of our church has passed away. This will be 4 funerals in 2 weeks. That's a new record for me. One I'd rather not have. I realize I need to stop being whiny. I'll work on that!
Another wonderful person has left this world for a better place, place where everyone is whole and in the direct presence of God. That's a beautiful thing but it's a bit much for those of us who are still here. I was looking forward to this person's return and getting a hard time from them and some direction with my preaching. This person really listened and gave me real feedback--not just, "that was a nice sermon, pastor."
They were well loved by our community and their family and will continue to be loved through stories and memories.
Peace be with you B. Say hello to Jesus for us!