For Those Who Grieve
October 20, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski, Pastor
Montgomery United Methodist Church
Dear Friend in Christ,
We are fast approaching the special day in the church calendar called, "All Saints Day." All Saints Day is one of the oldest holidays in the Church calendar. It occurs on November 1st. For us Methodist Christians, it is the day on which we remember and bless our personal saints, as well as those great people of all time who have left this earth and gone on to be with the Lord.
It is particularly touching that this season occurs when the earth is changing, when the leaves come away from the trees, when they change from their rich green to shades of red and orange and yellow and gold.
I found an article on CNN that I found remarkably insightful and spiritually meaningful. I share it with you here because someone who reads this may find it helpful, as I did. From an emotional standpoint, I don't think I could preach this message from our pulpit on a Sunday. Thank heaven for VOH! This is an important message, and I am glad to share it with you.
I found myself in a breathtaking moment several times as I read this article, because what the author says fits remarkably with my own experience with members of my own family. It also fits with the many, many testimonies I have heard during my 32 years in the pulpit, having ministered to hundreds of grieving people.
This article was a great blessing to me, and I hope it is to you, too. Please feel free to write me an email if you want to talk about it some more. I'd be glad to hear from you.
As a doctor friend once said to me when we were talking about such things, "we live in an amazing world." Yes, there is more to life than meets the eye. Much more.
God bless you - and may you know - may you know - that God is blessing those whom you love, wherever they may be.
Pastor Tony Godlefski
Do the dead greet the dying? By David Kessler
David Kessler is the author of Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms (May 2010), as well as the co-author with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross of On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons.
For full text of the article please follow this link:: http://mw.cnn.com/snarticle?c=cnnd_living&p=10&aId=20101018:o.end.of.life:1