I come to you today asking for a favor, not for me, but for a good friend.
I have often said I like funerals better than weddings, I forgot to add a caveat, I hate funerals for children or young people.
I have been to all kinds of funerals in my lifetime, including my own son, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, a brother, cousins and beloved friends.
Tomorrow I will be going to the funeral of my friends son, I don’t even know what to say to this. He has been through so much this year alone, he has lost an uncle a brother and now his only son.
I am not going to say his name because I don’t know if I have the right to, so I am just going to tell you about my friend.
He and I had worked together for many years before he retired. He is one of those people who’s spirit just shines through. You cannot have a bad day around him, full of smiles and laughter and kind words for everyone.
When I was raising money for the charity our company supports he was my go to guy. I would say I need whatever to him, can you do this for me, whatever you need Angie. He was there, ready willing and able to do whatever it took to raise the funds to help those less fortunate.
I know without one doubt he and his wife have raised their three children to do the same. At work he talked about his children and he was so proud when his son joined the military.
My heart is broken for the whole family, I know what they have lost. Even though they have no doubt where their loved one is, that is the way it is for Christians. We know without one doubt where we go when this life is over.
No one knows when the time will be when God calls us to come home. It is not an easy time for the ones left behind, even when we know, it’s still hard. It will be hard for them, the holidays are coming up, it will hit them all over again, who is missing from the table, who is missing from around the tree, who is missing at the church service. It will hit them and hard, so I ask that you lift my friend and his family up in your prayers, that God comforts them and that they take comfort in knowing that their loved one is celebrating those holidays in the best place ever.
It’s never easy losing a child, I know, I have buried a son myself, but the comfort in knowing that one day we will see our children again is a really good thought to hang on to.
I’m going to leave you with my favorite Bible verse:
1st Corinthians 13:13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love–but the greatest of these is love.