(Sometimes the tension and the heartache of a family oozes out in these moments of grief-and sometimes you have to push forgiveness and mercy, even when they don’t want to hear it)
Grace and Peace to you,
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Know that whether you are rooted in your faith,
Or struggled with who God is
And whether God is present along life’s journey,
And God opens up everlasting peace
To us all.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
But the truth is our hearts are troubled this morning, right?
Because death comes and invades,
Death rudely interrupts the ordinary,
And robs us of our beloved,
And leaves on our shores,
Waves of sadness,
Believe in God, believe also in me.
In this moment, the Creator comes,
And holds out His hands,
And says to us
To entrust our hearts to God
Especially in these moments,
When the tangible, temporary
Empty things of this world,
Will never soothe our souls
But death challenges our faith,
We cry out to God,
That perhaps our loved one didn’t get a chance to experience this life
And why now?
We cry out to God,
That time slipped away
And there was so much that we wanted to experience with our loved one,
And why now, God?
Advent is upon us,
A time of mystery and meditation
And waiting for the transformation of this world,
Through the ordinary birth of a babe,
This time should be about the beloved community
About connecting as sisters and brothers in Faith,
and in Love
About celebrating the fact that the reflection of Christ,
And the hope of the resurrection, the CROSS
Is etched upon our features,
And in our hearts.
Here we are.
“In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If it were not so,
would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you”
That is Good News,
The Good News that just as Brian opened up his heart to dear friends
At Holland Home,
That even though he could not get out as well as perhaps you and me,
He understood God’s calling for him, to be a presence
To just share his laughter and his conversation,
His love for the Cubs,
So does the Creator God opening up sacred spaces,
Here and now,
So that we are living out God’s commandment
To LOVE ONE ANOTHER,
As God Loves us-
And that means sometimes allowing the Holy Spirit
To guide us along this life’s journey
It means allowing the Holy Spirit
To guide us when we struggle
Struggle in our friendships and relationship
Especially when this sin sick world tells us otherwise,
Of what is important,
Because nothing, nothing!
Can replace the Love that the Creator has for us
Nothing can fulfill what Jesus Christ did for all of us
“And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself,
so that where I am, there you may be also.”
There is Good News,
That Brian has joined all of the saints,
His mother Gloria, and father Nicholas,
That the Creator and Loving God opened up God’s arms to him
And now, although we are broken hearted
Brian leaves a legacy
Which we are called to
of loving simply
And continually walking humbly with God.
Thanks be to God.