The gift of faith is truly a gift that is “planted” in us by God’s graciousness, nurtured by the Holy Spirit, and cared for by our actions. We can help our families and our church community by passing on this gift, by helping our children, our friends and neighbors, recognize and develop God’s gracious gift of faith. I remember many of my ancestors for their actions in passing on the gift of faith. But let me share a little about another gift that we can pass on.
It has often been said that we are remembered by how we leave this world. Last month I had the honor of officiating at the funeral for my wife, Sherry’s, Aunt Beverly in Ohio. Aunt Beverly was a planner. She had everything written down! All the family had to do was hand the paper with her instructions to the funeral director. They said the funeral planning was so easy, because Aunt Beverly cared enough to pass on this information in a written document. The family’s final memory of Aunt Beverly is about the care and concern that she demonstrated for them by planning ahead.
Are you aware that Christ Lutheran has a funeral planning guide that can serve as a template for communicating your desires to your loved ones? We already have the completed documents for many of our congregation members on file in the church office. Do we have one for you?
Just as we pass on the gift of faith to our families, we can pass on this final gift that will surely be appreciated, and remembered, when our created life in this world comes to an end. Even as we consider endings, we take comfort in the fact that by God’s grace, through this marvelous gift of faith, we know that we are promised a new beginning—life eternal—through Jesus Christ, our Lord.