6th November

This week, as on many occasions, I had the priviledge of meeting with a family prior to a funeral. It is a humbling honour to be invited into someone's home at such a time and I am conscious that part of my job is to ask questions of people who are often struggling to think straight. I am always delighted by the welcome i receive, the offers of hospitality and the thanks I am given simply for doing what I am called to do, what I love to do, which is to look after God's people. I always ask the family's permission for them to be prayed for Sunday by Sunday for a month, and all that I meet take up that offer with gladness. Faith is still very present amongst people within our community and St. Barnabas treasured by many whether they attend worship regularly or not.

It is often said that funerals are for the living and not the dead. This is also true of our All Souls service. Though some will want to pray for those who have died, I believe that their moment has passed. For those who believe, Jesus says to them as he did to the thief on the cross, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43). It is a good opportunity to remember their legacy to us, to give thanks for their life and to come together to comfort one another in our loss. It is a time to honour the memories of those who are no longer with us and to pray for each other. It is also a chance to think about our own relationship with God.

The price of love is the pain of loss but even in those moments of anguish we have a God who does not rejoice in or cause such upset. He longs for us to turn to him that he might hold us tightly as a parent does a chil who weeps. He sent his son Jesus into the world to give us comfort and hope and for those who turn to him, the promise of eternal life.

Every blessing


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