Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
Good Morning! Over the last couple of years I seen people say goodbye to their loved ones too many times. Sometimes the goodbyes have been before and other times it has been after their passing. I try to provide comfort without so many words, because sometimes my words are far from comforting. Have you ever been there?
I have a subscription to Faithbox. Every month a new box comes in and a portion of my money goes to help feed hungry children. The other items in the box are sometimes used by me, and sometimes I pass them along to my Sunday School Class. Last week my Faithbox shipment arrived. Imagine my surprise when everything in the package was about grief. My original intent was to pass it along to a couple of retired people who have recently experienced the loss of a spouse. There seemed to be a nice book in the package, but when I looked at the book’s cover I questioned whether it was a good fit. At first glance the book looks like one that is better suited for a younger family. Well, you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover. So, I moved on.
Yesterday, I learned that a young man had died. Although 29, he is still a boy in my mind, because he grew up with my children and is the same age as my son. His sister is the same as my daughter. They went to church and were acolytes together. I remember looking at him and his sister growing up thinking, they looked like angels holding candles for the Gospel readings. His mother and I are on the vestry and altar guild together. This was a little too close to home for me. I think I might have even experienced a little bit of shock when I first heard the news.
So, this morning I know where the book belongs. You never know what someone else is going through whether it is a person or a family. Take time to tell others how much you love them, because no one is promised tomorrow. Also remember that we are all sinners, but God loves you. God bless you.