I can’t wait to return to work after a two-month paternity leave, beginning this Sunday when I will resume my weekly preaching role in The Gathering. This break allowed my (now much larger) family to get into a groove, and we’re ready to find out what our new normal will look like. I hope you join me this week in worship when we talk about one of the scariest storms that each of us is guaranteed to face — losing someone we love.
Can I be honest? Death scares me. The prospect of losing people I love scares me. Facing unexpected loss and grief scares me. Some of my friends and family mean so much to me that I literally can’t even bring myself to imagine losing them. Yet I know that death is a part of life, and part of my life includes losing people I love. Most of us face this fact with either grim resignation or outright denial, dooming ourselves to meltdowns when the inevitable occurs. Is there another way? A better way? A more Christian way?
I hope you join us in worship this Sunday as we prepare for the storm that occurs when someone we love dies. Faith in Christ addresses the real-world challenges that we face each day, and that includes what happens when our loved ones pass away. Whether you’re mourning the loss of someone you love, preparing for the inevitable, or doing everything you can to ignore reality, this message is for you. Bring someone you care about to church this week, and I’ll see you on Sunday.
God bless y’all!
Rev. Lance Marshall
Senior Associate Pastor