WOW, did you see the solar eclipse on Monday? It was amazing to see. What was really cool was to be with Geri Griffin's family and friends during the eclipse. Standing outside the church as we gathered for Geri's funeral service, Jan & Jim Anderson and their children and grandchildren welcomed one another with hugs and shared the special glasses for eclipse viewing.
Sure, the eclipse was something special. But what made it so much more memorable was to see this family come together in joy and peace with awe and wonder of life's grand adventure.
Adventure - a word we use to describe our earthly existence and the unknown and uncertain journey of life. It is also a word we use in speaking about the journey yet to come into the heavenly host. No one really knows what that journey shall be like; and yet, we Jesus followers claim the certain hope of resurrection from the dead into life everlasting with God.
As Jesus received in baptism a beloved child of God, we believe that Jesus received Geri Griffin in grace and peace as she begins a new adventure.
John 14: 1-4 gives us a clue about the journey and the destination when Jesus says,
“Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. You know the way to the place I’m going.”
We pray in the journey, we pray for the destination, and we pray for all that is known and unknown - Much love and many blessings!
Along the Way with Pastor Paul
Author: Paul E Harris
Journal posts from a pastor and spiritual friend