by Christopher Harbin

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Series: Funeral Resources
Chris Harbin
2 Samuel 12:15-23

Thelma Letterman Mann

We gather here to celebrate Thelma Mann's life. We gather to honor her contribution and impact on our lives and the lives of many others, as well. We mourn her passing, for she has left a hole in many lives-a void that no one else will be able to fill. Each one of her family and friends suffers from a different loss. Thelma was to some a mother, to others a mother-in-law, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, a patient, or a friend. Each one misses her in a different capacity, for she touched our hearts and lives as individuals.

Death makes a big impact on the lives of those left behind. We grieve at the sense of loss from being separated from one we have loved, and yet grief is not so much about the one departed as it is about ourselves. We rejoice with Thelma's passing, for she is free from the effects of cancer, the struggle to breathe, the discomfort, and the limitations she suffered in her final weeks and days. Even so, we grieve, for in her passing, our lives have been somehow lessened. We must rebuild our own lives in Thelma's absence.

David's experience of grief in 2nd Samuel 12:15-23 strikes a discordant note from what we might expect. His actions and reactions caught his servants and counselors by surprise as well. While his child was ill, suffering, and on the verge of death, David grieved, fasted, prayed, and sought God's intervention and grace. Upon the child's death, David arose and resumed life anew.

While David's actions here are not to be seen as the model for our own, they convey a lesson about our task of grieving and seeking God's presence and intervention. Life is about the living and the demands and options of today. David's actions focus our attention on the fact that what is passed cannot be changed. It is over. Now is the time to work with today's issues, determining God's direction in our present and for our future.

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