by Christopher Harbin

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Funeral Service (11 of 13)
Series: Funeral Resources
Chris Harbin
John 11:32-37

Mitchell Wayne Ferguson, Sr.

We gather here today to honor the memory and celebrate the life of Mitch Ferguson. A brief service cannot do justice to a lifetime of relationship, struggle, victory, accomplishment, and the lives touched by the passing of another. We come together, however, to begin the process of letting go of one we can no longer hold present in our midst.

Grief is a selfish and strange animal. We do not grieve for Mitch. We grieve for ourselves. We grieve over what we have lost: a son, brother, father, grandfather, nephew, cousin, friend, companion, the opportunities that still might have been, the dreams that are no longer possible, the things left unsaid and undone, and the ways our lives are lessened by the passing of this other. In our grief, we are reminded of that fleeting quality of our existence we normally try so hard to ignore. We are forced to reflect on our own mortality, as well as that of others we also hold dear.

In the midst of our grief, we pause to reflect on the meaning Mitch gave to our lives. We consider the hole left behind in his death, and how we can treasure the gift of his life as we mend the tear in our own existence. Life, after all, is filled with its struggles, just as it is filled with its joys, victories, and moments of celebration. We walk through life in all its varied experiences. In all of them we are granted the opportunity for peace, comfort, and security in God's constant care.

''Footprints in the Sand''

One night I had a dream. I dreamed?I was walking along the beach with the LORD, and across the sky flashed scenes from my life for each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one set belonged?to me, and the other to the LORD.?When the last scene of my life flashed before us I looked back at the footprints in the sand and I noticed that many times along the path of life there was only one set ...

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