“In the midst of life, we are in death…”
These words, taken from The Book of Common Prayer, 1662, Burial of the Dead, are often shared at graveside services. They are a poetic and scriptural reminder that life is short, endings can happen unexpectedly and – most importantly – that life and death co-exist all the time, all around us. Loved ones die; new loved ones are born. The circle of life is unstoppable and we simply live within it.
At this time of the change of seasons, from the warmth of summer into the cool of fall, comes All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints’ Day. It is a time we remember well that “in the midst of life, we are in death.” It is a time we can honor again all those in our lives that we have had the privilege of knowing and loving.
This year, we have the added blessing of our newly finished Memorial Garden, which we will dedicate this Sunday during worship.
Come, join us. Let us love and laugh and weep together as the hands of time move ever onward.
And, as a reminder:
The holidays are coming. Will you consider inviting your friends, family and neighbors to be part of a loving faith community during a time that can be immensely lonely for some?
“In the midst of life we are in death.
To whom can we go for help, but to you, Lord God?
You know the secrets of our hearts;
mercifully hear us, most worthy judge eternal;
keep us, at our last hour, in the consolation of your love”.
Love in Christ,