October 31 Edevotional
Within the first six months of my appointment to a new church some years ago, I needed to preach a sermon at a memorial service. The man who died by suicide was a beloved member, had been in the Disciple Bible Study class, was on the board of our Food Pantry, a beloved husband of a beautiful woman of faith, and a father to a 12-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son. The church was filled to overflowing with grieving, devastated family and friends. No one saw his death coming.
I knew there were some people in the room that day who were raised with the belief that someone who died by suicide would not be saved. That suicide was a grievous sin. And I knew there were others in the room who very rarely had ever been into any church and struggled what to believe. I searched, and prayed, and struggled with what to say. for words to say. I wonder if Jesus took his time getting to Mary, Martha and his close friend Lazarus’ home because he was searching for words to say at Lazarus’ death. When Jesus finally arrives at his friend’s home, he does not say many words. He weeps. And he says to Martha, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you will see God’s glory?” He thanks God for hearing, and then says, “Lazarus come out!” Jesus’ presence, his weeping with them, and his few words of calling out belief and trust in an always faithful God, these things bring Lazarus alive.
Presence with, sharing the grief, and calling out to God who loves even in death, this is what spoke to the people gathered that day with such regret and struggle over D.’s death. This is what brings our loved ones back to life. May it be so among us as we prepare to celebrate All Saints/All Souls Day. Pastor Sherrie
HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK
Today is Halloween. Watch out for children
on the streets in your neighborhood.
AGAPE begins meeting again this Sunday, 11/4, at 11:15
CHURCH CONFERENCE – SAVE THIS IMPORTANT DATE
Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 pm
CLOTHING DONATIONS – COAT OFF YOUR BACK
Donate gently used coats and winter wear to the needy
Donation box in Penberthy until Thanksgiving