What I’m Thinking: Loss and Hope

I’m traveling during the next couple of weeks. My thoughts, rather than holding to a Scripture text, are on some people we grieve at Church of the Holy Cross this month.

Here’s a transcript:

I confess it. I’m not thinking about a Scripture passage coming up in the Revised Common Lectionary. I will be traveling for the next couple of weeks. I’ll be at the General Synod of the United Church of Christ the end of this week and into the following week, then I will be traveling on to the east coast, to annoy, I mean visit, family and friends there. I will be back at Church of the Holy Cross the first Sunday in July.

I am thinking about my colleague, the Rev. Ron Kent, and wishing him well as he leads worship at Church of the Holy Cross these next two Sundays. Thank you so much, Ron, for your wisdom and your leadership.

I am thinking, however, about two people whose celebrations of life we observed this past weekend and indeed, this Monday. Blanche Maeda sang with the church choir for years and years and years. Christianity was a second faith to her, one that she chose in adulthood. And Karl Kawahara. Both of them were teachers, but Karl was raised in the Christian faith, lived it with joy, with wonder, and with an indomitable spirit until he passed to his Maker – to Blanche’s Maker, to our Maker – just about six days after she did.

These seasons of loss: they come to us all. They come to us as members of families. They come to us to us as members of circles of friendship, of communities. They come to us as members of the Church.

We already miss – we will continue to miss – Blanche and Karl and so many others who went before them. So many others that we know will some day pass in their time.

We miss them, however, with a sense of the Christian hope and of Christian promise. That this season, as deeply painful as it is, is a season, not an eternity. That eternity awaits, and eternity comes with reunion, with new joys, with in fact relationships that only continue to deepen, to grow, and to blossom in ways that right now we simply cannot know.

This is a season of loss for some, but an eternity of new joys awaits.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you’re thinking. Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below – I’d love to hear from you.

The next edition of What I’m Thinking will be July 8.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: , , | Posted on June 16, 2019

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