Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 12, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 12, 2010
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here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
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Teddy bears and caring friends
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of
his faithful ones."
Months before Grandpa's death, Grandma had asked me
to perform his funeral. That funeral was one of the
hardest things I have ever done in my life. I will
always remember Grandma sitting in front of me,
surrounded by their numerous grandchildren, great
grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, as I
preached the homily. They had been married for
seventy-two years. The funeral home was overflowing
with visitors. Many had traveled great distances to
comfort Grandma in her grief and bereavement.
Before the casket was closed, many people gravely
walked to the casket for a final viewing. One of
the great great grandchildren quietly placed her
cherished teddy bear in the casket so her beloved
Grandpapa would have a toy to play with in heaven.
In that moment, a little child taught us a great
truth about God's love and concern for grieving
people. We are precious to God. God cares when
our hearts are sorrowing. Someday there will be
a heavenly reunion with loved ones. Death is not
the end, only a transition into another life. So
pack your teddy bears for an eternity of playtime
with God. Sorrow will someday be turned into joy.
The Christmas season sometimes brings overpowering
memories of grief over the loss of loved ones. Be
gentle and considerate of people in grief while
honoring your own feelings of sadness. Perhaps a
bereaved friend needs a teddy bear for comfort, a
hug, and your companionship. A great gift for
people in sorrow is our time and compassion long
after the funeral is over. Although sharing old
photos and memories may not fit into a Christmas
stocking, your holiday visit might promote healing
and some relief from loneliness. Be especially
sensitive to closeted gay and lesbian friends who
lack sympathetic and loving public recognition of
their losses of life partners and friends. Our
world does not always honor such loving relationships.
Who knows they might need a teddy bear from a caring
Compassionate God, thank you for the comfort of
teddy bears and caring friends. As Christmas
approaches, help me be sensitive to those in public
and private sorrow. Bring to my attention those in
need of a hug, a visit, and my listening ear this
holiday season. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Grace and peace,
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