As I prepare for my mother's funeral service today, I am thinking about the core purpose of this blog too and as I reminded all of our readers yesterday, it is to encourage us all to make a difference in this world. Bringing comfort in a time of sorrow can really make a difference - I know this firsthand!
The hugs from friends and the cards and the telephone calls have all been wonderful and today, just the presence of folks who knew Mom or who want to support me and my sister is wonderful indeed. There still is sadness of course and during the funeral service this is likely to become even more keen.
In the midst of all of this a number of words from the Bible can bring comfort. The words of the Twenty Third Psalm are very comforting, for example. In all of Scripture though I know of nothing that soothes me more or gives me more hope than the assurance of Blessed Paul the Apostle in his letter to the Romans "that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Thanks be to God!