by Christopher Harbin

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Chris Harbin
John 11:35; Romans 8:22-26

William Eugene Lloyd

We gather here today to celebrate the life of Eugene William Lloyd, know to most here as Billy. We gather to celebrate, we gather also to mourn his passing. I did not have the privilege of knowing Billy, as you have. By all accounts, Billy impacted the lives of many, many people. Billy is no longer here with us, having passed through the experience of death. His memory and legacy, however, remain along with a hole in the lives of family and friends. We do not grieve for Billy, for it is our hope and assurance that Billy has passed from suffering into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. We do grieve nonetheless-not for Billy, but for ourselves and one another.

We find comfort in knowing that we do not grieve in isolation. While our individual pain and response to grief is different for each one, we are bound by a common sense of loss and finality. It is comforting to know that even God shares in our grief. Jesus experienced grief in his earthly life with the death of his father, Joseph, as well as his friend Lazarus. While knowing he would bring Lazarus back to life, Jesus grieved him still. The shortest verse in the Bible, ''Jesus wept,'' (John 11:35) reminds us that grief is not our experience alone, but one we share with very God.

In Romans 8, Paul reminds us that God is well aware of our grief and suffering. We groan along with creation as we await God's redemption. As we await that redemption, God grieves along with us, ''interceding on our behalf with groans too deep for words.''

Grief is a strange animal. At heart, grief is both very personal and in a sense, selfish. Death reminds us of our own frail mortality. It also causes us to reflect upon what we have lost with the passing of another. Some here have lost a father, others a brother, others have lost a grandfather, a husband, a friend, a fishing companion, a buddy, someone ...

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