4 Snow Ball Fights and a Funeral

Snow hit our city last Thursday and the result was like nothing our city has even seen – smashing one day snow fall records by 3-4 inches. The foot of snow that came down made for a beautiful scene and lots of fun. The day began with several snow ball fights (4, more or less) and it was glorious to roll around in the snow and be hit be snow balls crafted by your wife and kids … a bit more fun was hitting them with those balls of snow.

My day ended with a funeral and while it seemed initially to be a day where I went from the glory of a snow ball fight to the misery of the funeral. It was absolutely the opposite … the glory of the snow was certainly eclipses by the glory of this funeral. It was a funeral for a young man whose addictions bested him, but it was a celebration of a life that had encountered the grace of God. There was a confidence and a secure resolve when this man’s eternal destiny was described … and a passionate plea for people to look at God as a God of grace. There is a psalm that says, “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” Why? Because they are taken home. In a letter to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul encourages us to grieve, but not without hope. I grieved yesterday but there was hope, because of God’s grace.

In 1 Peter 1:13, we are encouraged to “set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” That is what I experienced at the funeral and it was like an umbrella over the falling rain of loss. The loss was all around – a broken-hearted fiance and 6 year old son who lost his dad – but hope put everything into context. Instead of taking the pain away, the pain just wasn’t allowed to make everything wet and desperate and miserable. It meant that under the umbrella we could dance and find joy for a friend who was now completely free. The umbrella of God’s grace gives hope and protection from life’s storms. There is a day when all will be made right … and I can’t wait.

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~ by Ted Wueste on February 16, 2010.

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