|Posted by redemptionpentecostal on July 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM|
after having performed a number of memorials and celebrations of life, I have found Psalm 23 helpful but a little awkward as a part of this type of service... it speaks mostly of how God was here for the departed during this life, but I felt that it would be helpful to have a heavenly perspective. So with this in mind I wrote the following letter from the perspective of writing home to loved ones as I woke on the other side.
Good afternoon family, just thought I would drop you a line.. I walked with my Lord the Shepherd this morning in perfect peace. We laughed while in the greenest of pastures and as we strolled by the most beautiful stream my soul was full to overflowing. I see with clarity the path of my life and the glory it brought to His name, and can appreciate how faithfully He led me through even the toughest of trials. I have thanked Him many times for the way He never left my side, how He protected us and brought comfort through all the ups and downs in life. I am reminded of how abundantly He provided for us, the ways that His favour brought blessing in our lives and I am fully aware that His supply always exceeded our need. His goodness and mercy saturated every moment of every day, and I wait for you in the presence of our Lord until we meet again…
(inspired by Psalm 23)
I have no interest in re-writing scripture and this is not the intent, it is simply a letter written to bring peace and comfort to those who have lost and it has been well received as part of the celebrations of life when I have included it. My heart in sharing this writing is simply to bless and encourage all those who read this note. May the God of all peace and comfort bless and keep you in this time of loss, may the body of Christ surround you and walk with you as each new day is brought forth. With much love in Christ Jesus, Jason.