Good Tuesday morning. September One! Last night Marsha W. and I brought our guitars and camp songbooks over to the Hookers. We led a singalong with a bunch of Renae’s family and friends. Renae was tapping her toes! She hangs on tightly to a prayer cross that I had given her months ago. It was so much fun to sing songs and laugh to lighten the sadness. It was a holy time with the presence of our Lord felt. “Wherever two or three are gathered, there I will be also.”

This chapter of Romans is so poignant in the face of death. It is used as an opening to many funerals. It reminds us that through baptism we are saved from the finality of death. We are saved for eternal life.

Romans 6:1-11

“6 What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8 But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

On our drive home, Marsha and I talked about what facing the loss of a loved one would be like without faith or a faith family. How empty and alone one would feel. Last night Renae and her family were surrounded by love; everyone stopped by her bed to touch her and tell her how much she is loved. The room was filled with life, not death! Praise God for our salvation, for the love God shows us through others, and the peace that comes from knowing we will all be reunited in a heavenly place.

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue