Here is another I-phone image from when I helped move my mother-in-law’s art supplies the other day.
The services for my mother-in-law was today and like many things in life, there are sad moments interspersed with happy ones, in particular the ability to see family who live away. We had a great evening with family, probably the first time in many years to all have been together. During the funeral message from the minister, it occurred to me that we are complex creatures made up of layers of distinct personalities that we build and use for each social or family situation we encounter.
We are certainly not the same people at home as we are at work, church, or on the golf course or fishing lake. The message from the minister centered around the bible verse in Ecclesiastes 3 that states there is a time for everything, a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them. He picked a number of these phrases and explained how they applied to the life of my mother-in-law. He spoke of her years of teaching Sunday school to the young girls and the seed that she sowed within them and the church community, and how many baptisms of these girls that he would end up doing later on over the years.
No matter how well we know each other, we can not possibly comprehend the footprint of life that others leave on the earth. I thought it was a fine and fitting ceremony.
Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.