John 11: 35
We have those in our church that have gone home to be with God, those in our families and friends who have also gone home to be with the Lord, but also tragedy in our news channels with mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and a divided country has kept us in a corporate state of mourning. Scripture tells us that even Jesus wept.
We often think of Jesus and his divinity. This same Gospel reminds us in chapter 3 verse 16 that “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The love that sent Jesus to this Earth flowed through Christ and continues to flow through all of us believers.
I am thankful that Jesus was not only divine but that Jesus was also flesh. I’ll be honest with you all – this month, I can relate to Jesus who wept. I have had a heavy heart at the loss of my mom and several of our members and members’ families. Jesus reminds us it is ok to grieve and mourn and weep. Jesus tells us though to not get stuck there. Life is a gift and for those who are believers the greatest gift is yet to come. While we weep today, Jesus invites us to rejoice, tomorrow. We mourn today, but Jesus invites us to celebrate their new and resurrected life, tomorrow. But first, Scripture reminds us all in John 11: 35 that “Jesus wept”. Jesus experienced all our human emotions: fear, joy, grief, and love.
This is All Saints Day. On Sunday we will do a special service remembering all the saints who have gone on before to return to their eternal home.
I pray you join us in church to remember your saint. We will light a candle and say their name. We will gather together as the body of Christ and remember together and pray together for those very special saints who have returned to be with God in their eternal home. I hope you choose to be with us on this very special day but if not, take time this week to give thanks for today. Give thanks for the multitude of blessings and gifts that God has blessed you with. Today is a gift and tomorrow isn’t promised.
May it be so,
Rev. Lou Ward
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