by Steve Jones

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When My Loved One Dies (4 of 4)
Series: Imperfect Love
Steve Jones

Introduction: A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years before. Because of their hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minneapolis and flew to Florida on Friday, and his wife was flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel, and unlike years ago, there was a computer in his room, and he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without noticing his error, sent the email to the wrong address. Meanwhile...somewhere in Houston....a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory after suffering a fatal heart attack. The widow decided to check her email, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and then fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and then glanced up and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I Have Arrived!
Dearest Love: I know you are surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now, and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I have just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow, and look forward to seeing you then. Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. PS...Sure is hot down here!!

I'm concluding a sermon series today entitled "Imperfect love." We've talked about divorce, a bad beginning and incompatibility. Today I want to address the subject of what to do when a loved one dies. I know that if you're the one who has suffered the loss, it's no joking matter. C.S. Lewis wrote in "A Grief Observed": "You never know how much you re ...

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