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A deep sorrow has brought us together.
Death has come with sudden and startling shock, and we are left stunned and bewildered.
We weep because we have lost someone very precious to us.
It is proper that we should weep.
Jesus weeps with us.
Not to be smitten with sorrow would betray a shameful insensibility, and would be denying to this brother-in-Christ
a proper expression of his worth to us.
Many have died at an early age, and yet have profoundly affected the lives of many people.
- (Name) was a friend, and he had a lot of friends.
- (Name) influence for good was far beyond what any of us could even imagine.
This is certainly true of (name).
"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial,
We should count time by heartthrobs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."
In (name) was someone special.
What was it that made (name) so special?
Everyone who knew (name) has his or her own special answer.
Here is a letter from his mother from her heart:
- He was truly special to his parents, his family, and his friends.
- He was loved.
"(Name) had to go through so much illness, and struggle through life, yet, he always showed so much courage.
(Name) may have been small in stature, but he always walked tall.
He never asked for anything.
He took what was given without a complaint.
If he was ever disappointed in us, he never showed it.
(Name) was pure of heart with an abundance of friends and will be sadly missed.
God has taken (name) for His purpose and glory, yet, if I could turn back the clock, I would have spent more time
with (name), and learned more from him.
"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances."
All who knew (name) can say, "I was proud to have known him."
I was proud to have known (name).
(Name) prepared for this day many years ago, and being in his church and worshiping God
was tremendously important to him.
I will always remember him with great gratitude and affection.
"The clouds of grief overshadow the sky of time and sense,
The path grows dark before us,
And fills us with suspense,
But tho' life's fairest morning be covered with a shroud,
We'll see in heaven's dawning
The Day Without A Cloud.
The faces not forgotten shall smile as oft before,
And voices long since silenced
Shall greet us as of yore,
And with the ransomed choirs will sing of Christ aloud
Thanks be to God who gave us
The Day Without A Cloud."
That same God is here.
He is here to comfort and strengthen you.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46: 1)
Jesus said, "I will not leave you comfortless. I will come unto you..."
- God will give you strength to bear this loss.
- God will give you courage to go on and face tomorrow.
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid."
Look to Jesus!
So, though we stand in the valley of the shadow of death, we also stand in the light of the greatest hope in the world.
- He is our greatest comfort!
- He will turn our thoughts from that which is lost to that which we will never lose.
- He will cause us to look beyond the dreadfulness of suddenly being parted, to see the benefits
and compensations of the eternal life that God gives.
We can bear up under the burden with the knowledge that (name) is with the heavenly Father.
John G. Magee Jr. said in his great poem:
"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies...
The high, untrespassed sanctity of space;
Put out my hand and touched the face of God."
(Name) has seen Jesus!
This knowledge of God's provision for us turns our fear into faith, our sorrow into joy, our doubt into certainty
- That's the desire of every Christian.
- The home going of (name) has added another attraction to Heaven for us.
and our loneliness into Divine Companionship.
Isn't it wonderful that this is not the end!
In God's own time we'll be together again!
"Ah, then, what rapture greetings on Canaan's holy shore,
What knitting of severed friendships up
Where partings are no more!
Then eyes with joy shall sparkle
That brimmed with tears of late!
And hearts that now are so heavy
Will no longer be desolate.
Ah, yes, will meet again in that bright glory;
How wondrous it will be to talk things o'er,
And to begin a fresh, but never ending story
Of life which shall endure forevermore."
We will meet again!
My prayer for us in this hour is that God has satisfied our minds, calmed our spirits, strengthened our faith,
and has caused us to look up to the Lord Jesus.
Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
Email Dr. White at firstname.lastname@example.org