[quote=mlchance]I’ve not only heard such sentiments in Baptist churches, I’ve delivered them myself in one eulogy for a very dear friend and received great praise from several of the attendees, including the pastor who, from the pulpit, said that my eulogy basically made his sermon unnecessary.
There is a concept in Christianity known as aridity, usually used in reference to prayer. It refers to the apparent abandonment of the person by God. Of course, God has not abandoned the faithful one, but has merely stepped back to encourage the person to take a few steps closer to where God. God keeps doing this throughout our lives, and our ultimate destination is, assuming we stay the course, Heaven.
The idea of aridity in prayer also appies to the loss of loved ones. My friend Fred lived his life with humor, grace, and love, despite chronic illness, constant pain, and several personal tragedies. He has not abandoned me here on Earth. He has gone on to Heaven where he now waits for me, every day saying to me, “Come on, Mark. Just a few more steps. Don’t give up.”
– Mark L. Chance.
Wow that’s really nice. I guess its part of the view of the communion of saints that catholics have. It sounds really catholic which is a good thing of course. I think protestants at the time of death really like the idea of the communion of saints and the departed are looking out for them wheteher they admit it or not.