On February 7th I attended a memorial service for a recently deceased friend. It was a beautiful service, filled with Biblical scriptures, uplifting music, and loving tributes from my friend’s children.
The message from the scriptures and from the pastor’s homily emphasized the promise of eternal life. Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”
Do you believe in that promise? Most Christians do. In fact, nearly all Christian churches affirm their adherance to the Apostles’ Creed, which says, in part “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” People take great comfort in that message. It is an affirmation that the funeral service is not really a final goodbye. Rather it is “au revoir”, literally meaning “until I see you again”.
Au revoir, my friend. .