Walking into a conversation about death and dying means that we come to terms with the fact that our faith life is connected to our physical life. Our spiritual journey develops over the course of a lifetime lived in a body on Earth. Our hopes and dreams for our passing from this life into the next life with God are tied to our experience of this life and how our experience has been one of God’s presence with us through good times and hard times.
This week in worship, we will invite an experience of God-with-us even in times of grief, even in times of endings and beginnings, even in times of suffering. We recognize God’s presence in our bodily existence, as well as in each ending and new beginning that comes to pass for us, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and in every other way. We recognize that God-with-us happens not necessarily in expected ways, but rather in the fullness of time, in the breaking of hearts, and in the touch of the unexpected. Read 2 Peter 3:8-11 to prepare.