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Series: Funeral Resources
2nd Corinthians 5:1-10
We gather at times like these for grief and celebration, joy and sorrow, for expressing our pain, our comfort, our sadness, and our joy. It is always to a mixed bag of emotions that we come to say our goodbyes to those we have known and loved. We cherish memories of shared experience, yearn for new experiences that can never again be, and grieve over the loss that death represents to each one of us.
We pause to remember and reflect upon the life of a loved one. Ellen was dear to many, yet to each she represented something different. Her impact on each life around her was individual, distinct, and personal. She was a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a companion, a colleague, a teacher, a partner in many differing ways. The grief each of us experiences is distinct, for in Ellen's passing, we have all lost something different, even as she gave something different to each one of us in her living.
We must all face different questions in moving forward, even if the question may sound the same. Where do we go from here? What do we do with the life and impact of Ellen Howse on each one of us?
The Apostle Paul's words in 2nd Corinthians help place some of those questions in a context of eternity:
1We know that our body-the tent we live in here on earth-will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever. 2But now we groan in this tent. We want God to give us our heavenly home, 3because it will clothe us so we will not be naked. 4While we live in this body, we have burdens, and we groan. We do not want to be naked, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be fully covered with life. 5This is what God made us for, and he has given us the Spirit to be a guarantee for this new life.
6So we ...
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