We gather this morning with a mixture of grief and optimism. Grief, because someone you loved and who loved you is no longer here for you to hold close and speak with. And optimism, because we all know how N. loved God and prepared himself/herself to meet Him. We have a good deal of confidence that N. stands before God today rejoicing in the wedding feast of heaven and praying for us.
Though today is a day to remember N., funerals are not really for the dead, but for the living who stay behind. It is an opportunity for us who are living to face the reality of death with the optimism of faith.
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