Eternal God, by the death of Jesus Christ our fear of death is lessened, with Christ’s time in the tomb, we know you have sanctified the resting places of your loved ones, and with Christ’s glorious resurrection you have brought life and immortality to light. UCC Book of Worship
Who likes graveyards?
As a minister, I imagine I spend more time in cemeteries than the average person. I even have a view of the village graveyard from my office.
I appreciate the beauty of a well-maintained burial ground
I cherish the silence.
I value the stories contained on the stones.
I trust that those who have gone before and those who remain behind are safe in God’s care.
This is one of my favorite benedictions:
Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.
Therefore be swift to love and make haste to be kind.
The blessing of God,
who made us,
who loves us,
and who travels with us
be with you now and forever.
– Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)
I give thanks for the reminder that life is short and precious.
What are you thankful for today?