TMG Philosophy: I Went To a Funeral Today

Today I went to a funeral and couldn’t help but reflect during the service. 

Stained-Glass_100I sat behind a blind man…thankful for my eyes and the magnificence I see in everyday things. I lingered on this gratitude a bit longer as the brilliant stained glass windows framed his silhouette. I followed the sun rays that cast vibrant colors on the walls and carpet.  And I saw.  I saw the beauty and a million pictures I wanted to take.  More than that… I saw how incredible my life is.  I had come to the funeral with unresolved feelings. In his death, this man had given me a gift I probably didn’t deserve, considering the bitter feelings I had carried around through the years and my resistance to forgive him.  I sat there, my thoughts wandering a bit.  I smiled, thankful for the person singing loudly, off key, and a full beat behind the rest of us…it meant I could hear.   Hearing the hundreds of people honor this man in song moved me to my core.  It moved my heart to feel, to forget, to forgive.   As I watched the grieving widow and family in the front pews, I said a prayer of thanks for my amazing family both next to me and those far away from us.   As I read that this man had lost his leg in the second World War and had spent over two years recovering in the hospital,  I welcomed the constant “sit…stand” that frequents a Lutheran service and the heavy hymnal I held.  It meant I had the use of all my limbs.   At the risk of sounding like a broken record, opportunities like this shake me into such gratefulness for my life, my family, my job, and the chance to be humbled.   And humbled (once again) I was! 

As I walked out of that church, I was thankful for the sorrow I now felt, the dull ache in my neck and head, my hungry stomach, and the long list of duties to still accomplish in the day…it meant I was alive.  I was alive, and I could see, really see.   

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2 thoughts on “TMG Philosophy: I Went To a Funeral Today

  1. Good reflection, and yes it is important to forgive and express graditude. Although it was a sad occasion, it was a useful occasion to once again be reminded of all the blessing we do have, and what is important. <3

  2. Wow….what a wonderful way to start my Monday morning! Your love, feelings, faith, and forgiveness all touched me deeply. Love, Dad

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