Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's Christ who lives. Galatians 2:15-21

Paul told the church in Galatia
"it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 NRSV
I saw this reality in action twice this past weekend.
On Saturday I went to a funeral for a man named Albion who died at 91.
On Sunday my beloved, our girls, and I attended the baptism of a 2nd cousin's baby girl, Mariah.
It was wonderful to see God's place, the families place, and the churches place in each of these events and the way that God, life, family, church, death, and baptism overlap. Baptism is about death first and then about life. It's hard to admit it really works this way because we deeply care for earthly life; but we as Christians are already dead because of baptism and we are alive now because of Christ.
Seeing Albion's funeral and Mariah's baptism reassures me that these two events are really connected. The pastor at Albion's funeral told a story about the Wednesday night after worship when Albion came to him as he was gathering up the communion elements. Al was singing the final hymn of the night as a question, "How can I keep from singing." The framed copy of the Beatitudes that hangs on my wall from Al reassures me that Al had faith and hope in the power of God's love. And in faith and hope he hasn't stopped singing.
The promise of Baptism assures me that Mariah's just begun to sing and that her singing and the singing of all who trust in Christ will not end.

1 comment:

Tmiester said...

I had alway's thought of Funerals as a very sad occasion, But you are right. My first "Turning point" funeral (reception) was billed as a "Celebration of Life" for a Uncle. Lots and Lots of Pictures Projecting onto the wall, in the Background, truly made for an enjoyable expirence with distant Family members that came and shared memories of him. since then I have been to some funerals that were very inspiring, sad in the sense that they are gone, but the life was lived was truly a testament to the Lord.