No one looks forward to a funeral. Saying that last goodbye can be heart-wrenching. Marking the end of life, however, is as important as marking its beginning. It brings us to a point of reflection on the meaning of life.
The funeral is a time to remember the good. When a funeral brings a family together, it provides an opportunity to relive shared experiences. The bonds that unite can be strengthened.
It is a time to release any painful memories or regrets. Unresolved issues are best forgiven and forgotten. There is no revenge beyond the grave.
It is a time to realize the brevity of life. Years pass swiftly and cannot be reclaimed. Now is the time to make dreams come true; to express love and appreciation; to fulfill your purpose in life.
It is a time to reset priorities. To rethink where your life is headed. To decide what is most important. To invest in what will truly last.
Funerals bring us face to face with our mortality. They present an inescapable reality. For the Christian, that reality stretches beyond the casket. Death is only a transition. The body, an empty chrysalis. The spirit has taken wings. The resurrection has robbed death of its fear. In Christ, there is only life, followed by eternal life in His presence.
I will re-evaluate my priorities and keep eternity in view. “Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”