I was not expecting to attend a funeral nor speak at one but that is how the day went. And guess what? I was in the ‘right’ clothes, but is there a right or wrong clothes choice for funerals these days?
I think not. Brighter, more cheery clothes are a good welcome change especially for a home going service for a Christian saint. Gone are the black suit days in my book.
This day, however, I just happen to be wearing black dress pants, black shoes, and a grey shirt. It was the right choice for funeral speaking as that is what I walked into upon arrival.
If you can say a funeral was enjoyable, this one was; although, the circumstance of the deceased was awful. I always hone in on the words “died unexpectedly” when in an obit. This family, however, choose to expose the reason why which was addiction and cause of death, an overdose.
It was the third funeral of its kind for me this month, but I was right where God needed me to be used to bring comfort, make connections, and pray for those I had never met prior to their most devastating loss.
I connected with the funeral director and we made plans to speak again for elementary aged advocacy for awareness of the whys of not ever using drugs. We have to do better and start younger before the pattern of addiction hits these young lives.
This day was a sad reminder of another life lost to the opioid pandemic. All 3 funerals this month the deceased died from a drug overdose.
What a privilege to pray and offer hope to so many non-church goers, but what sorrow in their hearts and mine as we contemplated lives cut too short.
I read the following verses at the service from Revelation 21: “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
I pray the words of scripture brought comfort, intrigue, and understanding.
That is how I could…
How can you? Please comment and let us know how God uses you right where you are at. We may not know how the day will go or end up, but God has a plan if we are open to it; He will use us.
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