Sunday, December 1, 2019

Forget - Me - Not Memorial Service

Forget – Me-Not Memorial Service
Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne
First Sunday in Advent
01 December 2019

We have come here this day to show our love and support for parents, grandparents, family members and friends to surround them with our love, our prayers, and our faith.

We are not here today because we are wise enough to understand this loss. But we are here today because we are human enough to share in their sense of disappointment and hurt.  The love of God that has been shed abroad in our heart compels us to reach out to them and touch them in some meaningful way.

This day we ask for the comfort of the Holy Spirit. And for the promise of our Lord Jesus. That He will never leave us or forsake us. Beyond the sorrows and disappointments of life, we have hope and confidence because of the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness.

Today we look beyond the limitations and the heart-aches of this temporal life to see the glories and the wonders of God’s eternal promises and His everlasting kingdom.

We are not here today to become philosophical about things we don’t understand.  Yet we are here to find comfort and strength in the eternal truth and certainty of God’s Word.

In the midst of natural disappointment and sorrow, we can take great comfort in knowing this that Jesus understands the heartache that occurs with this kind of disappointment, and whenever you find yourself hurting; you can take shelter in Him.

The Lord is indeed touched with the feelings of our infirmities. Jesus has said, "Blessed are they which mourn, for they shall be comforted." The Scriptures also remind us that our God is "the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort" that He is the one "who comforts us in all our tribulation."

There are circumstances that happen in life that we do not like – things that we would change if we could.  When we encounter these types of situations, we recognize our humanity and our limitations. 

In the midst of our natural sorrow, we thank God for His supernatural grace.

In facing death, we look the promise of life everlasting. And in the face of separation, we look for the assurance of eternal reunion.

We look forward to that day, when we can all rejoice together, and we ask the Lord for mercy, we rely on our Lord’s amazing grace - that we are not without hope or comfort at this time.

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