Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Feast of the Resurrection Year A - Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
“There are shouts of exaltation in the tents of the righteous for the strong arm of the Lord has triumphed” is spoken during the graveside service so that “I shall not die but live” might be true for the dearly departed as well as the “blessed are they that mourn.” (Matthew 5:4) That is the only way that the day you lay a loved one to rest could possibly qualify as “this is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it”. That is not to say our rejoicing denies the real loss we experience but that our hope in the chief cornerstone denies death the last word for us and for the one we commend to Almighty God. So we grieve, yes, but not as those who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13) I had the incredible privilege to witness such a death today as David Ball passed away peacefully surrounded by those who loved him. There was no denying the real grief of the last two days or the overwhelming sorrow as it became clear the only real option left to his family was to let him go. But it was the love of those who surrounded his hospital bed that turned a Baylor ICU room into a sanctuary, a sacred place, holy ground, where the saints on this side of the divide prayed and cried and sang David over to the saints on the other. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Shouts of exaltation? Oh, yes. Yes, indeed.

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