A Tale of Two Funerals

I participated in two funerals this week.
They were night and day from each other.

One was for a person whose faith was evident to all.
One was for a person for whom faith was a struggle.

One was for a person whose belief flowed into spouse and children.
One was for a person whose parents damaged their faith.

One was a celebration Christ’s victory over death.
One was a relief that suffering was over.

One celebrated the promises of Christ fulfilled.
One mourned dreams and aspirations unfulfilled.

I participated in one with joy.
I participated in one with a heavy heart.

Life is short.  Live without regrets.
Take risks.  Follow God no matter what.

Don’t settle for “What if…?”

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About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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4 Responses to A Tale of Two Funerals

  1. aaroncross says:

    Hey bro, I had to do a funeral last week too. I definitely catch that sense of a heavy heart because most (all) of the funerals I’ve officiated, the person’s relationship with Jesus is questionable.
    I think I told my wife this week, “can’t somebody ask me to do a funeral for someone who loved Jesus?”

    AC

    • Aaron says:

      There’s definitely a difference, bro. But the funerals like you’ve described often provide opportunities to be Jesus to people, if done correctly. I can’t stand funerals where the preacher feels like it is his duty to preach everyone there into heaven. Not the time or place for it. And because the funerals you’ve done are like that, it shows that you’re moving in the right circles.

  2. Davon says:

    Good poem!

    Davon

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