Two homicides reported in HRM this weekend remind us that living is dangerous! Our church has a connection with the woman who was killed in Shubie Park. She brought her three children to our DVBS the last two years, if not more, and they were taking Karate lessons at our church over the past few weeks. The lives of these children will be changed forever. Death always does that to loved ones.
A few days ago I conducted the funeral service for a man who was my age who died suddenly. His wife and his father are still in shock. When I conduct a funeral, especially when I’m planning the message, I always wonder if my words will make any difference at all. I know that Christ brings hope and the scriptures are filled with hope and comfort but will anyone hear these words while they sit with others for a few minutes trying to come to terms with their loss? I struggle with this because of my own personal experience with grief. A few years ago my brother died of leukemia at the age of 46. All I remember about the service is that I wept all the way through it.
Death changes those left behind. I have watched with great interest and sometimes with surprise at how some people have picked up the pieces after a loved one’s passing . In our own church there are several widows who have found new areas of service and are ministering to others in this new season of their lives. Death is an end of a relationship but it can be a beginning for many people who find themselves thrust into a search for new meaning and lead to exciting discoveries that lead to peace and even joy.
There is a movie that has just been released that describes one man’s journey after the death of his son. It is called “The Way” and stars Martin Sheen. It’s rated PG so it’s safe for me! It’s showing now at Empire Theatres in Bayers Lake. You can watch the trailer at http://theway-themovie.com. I haven’t seen the movie yet but it has been recommended to me by my coworkers on the Women’s Interchurch Council of Canada. This is what Rick Warren says about it:
“THE WAY is Emilio Estevez’s gentle, but powerful, masterpiece. This movie catches you completely off guard, drawing you into its compelling story with engaging character development and stunning cinematography. I enjoyed it so much I watched it twice, back-to-back.”
I urge you to go see it. It will remind you that “life is too big to walk it alone”.