Funeral Secrets

Fort Custer DrivewayYesterday I filmed the memorial services for a dear friend’s father. David was a man deeply devoted to his God, his country, and his family, and I admired him greatly, but even though I’ve known him for many years, there was something I didn’t know about him until just yesterday. In fact, I bet it’s the sort of thing that’s true of almost everybody who dies, but it’s just not something that most people talk about.  FlowersI’ve got friends in all these categories, and I bet you do too: No kids, no kids but dogs, kids but no grand kids,  kids and no grand kids but grand dogs, kids and grand kids. But, the one thing we all have in common is a deep affection for those we love, and one privilege we all have in common is the freedom to choose how we address our loved ones, whether they be human or animal “pets.” Have you given pet names to those you love best? You might think about doing it before you die!Military BurialWell, back to my story about David. He had a special pet name for each of his grand children! “Numero Uno,” “Little Sugar,” “Sunshine,” “Sparkle,” etc. I was totally inspired and immediately began thinking about what is unique about each of my (14 going on 15) grand kids that I could turn into a special name just for them. GardenLast night I got to thinking about the mystery and brevity of life and the stark certainty of death as the passageway to resurrection, and I had a little trouble sleeping. But, instead of counting sheep, I started thinking about all the “pet names” God has given for his beloved children in the Bible. We are his “little children,” “the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand,” his “beloved,” “sons of God,” “joint heirs with Christ,” “offspring,” “sons of Abraham (by faith),” “treasured possession,” “inheritance,” “jewels,” “friends,” “new creature,” “saints,” “the righteousness of God in Christ,” “members of the body of Christ,” “children of God,” “brothers and sisters,” “chosen,” “elect of God, holy and dearly loved,” “sons and daughters”…on and on… and my very favorite so far: “His.” Do you know God? Do you belong to him? If so, but you still ever find yourself fretting about suffering and death, remember that God loves you so much he’s preparing a secret pet name, just for you!  Fresh plot“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it” (Revelation 2:17).

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