Daily Lectionary Readings for Year B
Awe. Reverence. Holy Anticipation. God is approaching. God is near. Consecrate the people. Purify them through water and ritual. Set a boundary for them so that they are safe. God is coming but the people will not be able to see, only feel, God's presence. They will feel it in the trembling earth and in the rumbling thunder. They will watch Moses enter into the cloud and feel a sense of wonder and fear, hope and excitement, knowing that Moses is the one who is receiving for the many. Have you ever felt God's presence?
This past Saturday we gathered in the Family Life Center, just a few of us, to celebrate the life of Verlo Tillottson. Verlo is Kathy Carruthers' Pa. He died suddenly, unexpectedly, while clearing the snow from his driveway. We were wearing masks and taking precautions. And it felt God was present. God was there in the prayers and in the sharing. God was there as we walked to the Family Life Center and watched in silence as the Military Honor Guard folded and presented the flag to Ruth. God was there in the sound of the bugle playing Taps. And God was in the beautiful Memorial Garden where we placed Verlo's ashes in the Columbarium. The snow was falling gently. And there was a softness, a gentle love, a holiness to that moment that I will never forget. We didn't see God face to face, but God was there. And we received a peace that passes all understanding.
Verlo's ashes were the first to be placed in the Columbarium. Glen Haight and Chuck Dear prepared the space. They shoveled the walkway and worked with the funeral home so that the urn was exactly what was needed. They helped Kathy's family feel the assurance of the promise of Christ. All I can say is that the experience on Saturday, and the interment of ashes, was a high and holy moment. If you have been wondering about whether the Memorial Garden would feel sacred and could be a place of everlasting peace, I felt it to be. I will attach the information about the Memorial Garden, in case you have been thinking of that for your funeral plan options. I am thankful that God's dream came to be, of that thin place where God is so near.
This might be a good day to call someone and talk about times you felt God was near.