I have 3 funerals to lead this week and each time I read the funeral liturgy I am reminded that there is hope, a new beginning IS possible; life and death are before us…and each day each moment we can make the choice for life, even in the midst of death there is life.
I will remind others of this through the words of the funeral service; I say remind because I am more and more convinced that deep within themselves most people are aware that they were made for eternity, and quite frankly that scares some of them silly. More and more I find people talking to me about the continuation of life, they talk about their hopes and sometimes their fears.
Interestingly in the seven years that I have been leading funerals nobody has ever asked me about heaven or hell. Strange images of angels with harps and fiery pits are not even close to their minds. But what disturbs me most is that I often find it easier to speak to unchurched folk about creation and re-creation/ life and eternity Often churchy folk have a much more gnostic and rather unhealthy view of death, and I am left wondering “what is that about”?
I’d be interested in your thoughts…
(Picture Autumn Grave by Ben Cookman)