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Psalm 57:7 – My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is steadfast and confident! I will sing and make melody. (AMP)
Recently, I attended a Celebration of Life. To the one who does not recognize our Lord as Saviour and Friend, this is a time of great sorrow, but to the large group of loved ones and friends who had packed the small country funeral home, it was a time of great blessing, and indeed, a celebration. Although a relative by marriage, I had not known the elderly individual personally, and as each representative stood at the lectern to share their experiences with this life, I dearly wished I had known him more intimately.
As the young woman minister led us through the service, it was a time of reverence and oneness. Although the minister was a newcomer to the community, her sharing was not a halting, disjointed discourse, but as one who knew and loved the family. Finally, the last representative gave his reflections on the times shared. This man was my husband's first cousin, and I would not have described him as eloquent or accustomed to public speaking. My fellowship with him and his wife had been an occasional evening meal, followed by playing various games, especially the game of crokinole, which he always played with great success, while at the same time crossing his eyes, much to our amusement. He gave us glimpses of his friendship. At first, his words were received with a low murmur of laughter, then gradually, the laughter reached a loud chorus of sounds. This sharing covered perhaps fifteen minutes, although it seemed only moments to me, and it was accomplished without any notes.
During the committal service, the minister read a short Bible passage and the listeners gave their responses. Thus, we had all participated in this great celebration. Before leaving the cemetery, I thanked the cousin for his wonderful contribution to the service, and I shall never forget his simple reply, "It's easy when it's in the heart." What a wonderful lesson for the Christian! Whenever the occasion requires our verbal allegiance to our Lord, may we be able to give it readily and easily because it will be in the heart!
Prayer: Our gracious heavenly Father, thank You for family and friends. Help us, day by day, to keep our hearts fixed upon You, steadfast and confident, and may we express this message to our world through our attitude, through our joy, and through our laughter. We come to You in the authority of Your Son and our Saviour, Christ Jesus. Amen.