Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-17
This past week I had a couple of small, private funerals. All that were in attendance were family and a few close friends. They were nice, quiet times where the family just wanted to have something so they could say good bye to their loved ones.
What’s nice about these services is that they are often much less formal. People tend to be more relaxed, and often, but not always, they are less emotional. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but there is definitely a different feel to these smaller services.
Usually when I meet with a family they just say they want something simple. So I offer some prayers, read some scripture, share some words of hope, and that’s it. There’s no music, no eulogies, we’re in and out in 10 minutes.
But even in their simpleness, there is still something very special about these services. There is still a presence, and I know it touches people because of their comments afterwards. Sometimes it’s a promise to start coming to church, sometimes it’s just a simple thank you, and the way they look me in the eyes to say it tells me God has touched them.