Devotional Reading from the Common Daily Lectionary: Luke 23: 56b-24:12
Text: “Why do you look for the living among dead? He is not here, but has risen.” (v. 5b)
I have officiated at nearly 1000 funerals and graveside services during my ministry. That is a lot of sorrow, a lot of tears, and a lot of empty places at dinner tables. Without exception, every family has been very kind and gracious to me. At the service I remind the worshipers of the women’s story when they went to the tomb on that first Easter. Today text are the words spoken by the “two men in dazzling clothes” who stood beside them. Their next words to the women were, “Remember how”.
Remember how …
The greatest legacy that we leave behind as we pass from this Reality into the Next Reality is the memories, the stories that we leave in our wake, the ones that begin with, “Remember how”, or when, or where.
I believe that we create memories every day, either consciously or unconsciously. I believe that more often than not the memories that “stick” come about serendipitously, totally unplanned. I believe that when we wake up each morning we have some power to decide whether we are going to serve God by serving others or serving ourselves, whether we will live large or small lives.
I don’t know a lot because I am rather simple, but I do know that I have officiated at too many funerals to take any day or any one for granted. I know that each day and each moment and each person is a gift and a wonder. Therefore, I am thankful more often than not. How about you?
Lord, teach me to number my days so that I can gain a heart of wisdom, true wisdom. Amen. (based on Psalm 90, verse 12)