Love everyone who's there

Dear Mourners, 

"Every counseling issue you will ever face as a pastor will deal with loss and grief." Dr. Dan Olson. Dor. Olsen was speaking to my seminary class on "Loss and Grief." When I first heard his words my mind traveled to how that cannot be true. He had uttered a blanket statement which had to hold an exception to the rule. However after 31 years of pastoral ministry, his teaching has held up every time. Every human being is mourning something they lost; a dream, a child, a marriage, a career, an object, health or a plethora of other things. We each miss and mourn what we have lost. If you want to find out what makes another person tick, take the time to find out what they mourn. 

A week ago Debbi Meador died. At some level she will be mourned by all who knew her. On a deeper level she will be mourned by her husband Jeff and daughters, Vivian, Sabrina, and Scarlett. May they each find comfort in the resurrected Jesus promise to, "bless those who mourn." (Matthew 5:4) 

In times like these we speak of heaven. In our grief we crave the promise of a preferred future, instead of the reality we see in the present. 

In her book "Amazing Grace", Kathleen Norris shares her favorite definition of heaven, which came to her from a Benedictine sister. As her mother lay dying in a hospital bed, the sister had  venture to reassure her by saying "in heaven, everyone we love is there." The older woman had replied, "No, in heaven I will love everyone who's there." 

Debbi Meador's funeral will be tomorrow at the Dixon Chapel on the Cherry Hills Campus in Highlands Ranch at 2 pm.  Keep the family in your prayers. 

Prayers: As North Korea shot an intercontinenal missile this week to new heights let us pray for peace, Gloria Mitchell's health, Claudia Larson, Steve and Becky Koerwitz and Kristen Mascoe who depart for Nicaragua this Friday. All who mourn and those in need of healing. 

For further reflection see: Psalm 23, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, and John 14, 1-7. 

Still in One Peace, 

Pastor David J. Jensen

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