Part of the role of a pastor includes officiating funerals on occasion. This was intimidating for me in the beginning because, in my early life, funerals made me a little uncomfortable.
At one of the first funerals I ever attended, the casket was open. I didn’t really want to go look at the person laying there, but since I was a new pastor, I thought it would be disrespectful if I didn’t. So I gathered my courage and went up to the casket to take an obligatory peek at the body.
When I walked up to the casket one of the family members said “Doesn’t he look nice”? My gut response under my breath was “nope, he looks dead.”
BUT because I’m a pastor and all, I just said, “yes…nice…suit. Did he pick that out?”
Then I thought, when I’m dead, is that what I’d want? People coming up to my casket saying “he looks nice?” No, that’s not what I want at all. What would I want people to say about me in that situation?…
I want people to say “HEY, LOOK! HE’S MOVING!”
…because I don’t want to die.
But the reality is every single person in this world is going to die. Everything that lives, dies. I’ll die. You’ll die. The whole earth & everything in it will eventually pass away.
One thing will never die, Gods love. Gods love is stronger than sin, death, the grave & Hell. Gods love reaches as high as the heavens & lower than any valley. His love existed before the creation of all things & will carry on for eternity.
His love endures forever.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalms 107:1 NIV