Another Look: Make the Way by Walking

Note from CM: We continue to go through an extraordinary season of loss — I can’t remember one in my personal experience quite like it. Last week we learned that our good friend, my college roommate and best man in my wedding, died suddenly. I did a funeral for a friend’s mom on Saturday andContinue reading “Another Look: Make the Way by Walking”

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday Preached on the Occasion of a Young Adult’s Suicide The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from theContinue reading “Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday”

Another Look: A Breviary on Grief and Mourning

Note from CM: It is a week of mourning around here. This is another piece from last year, re-posted today to remind us of some of the basics about what loss does to us and where we go from here. • • • A Breviary on Grief and Mourning What we grieve, we must mourn.Continue reading “Another Look: A Breviary on Grief and Mourning”

Another Look: Live into the “What” not the “Why”

Note from CM: I wrote this a year ago. I need it this week. Maybe it will help you too. • • • When someone is drowning, the only thing worse than failing to throw them a life preserver is handing them a reason. • Kate Bowler • • • Live into the “What” notContinue reading “Another Look: Live into the “What” not the “Why””

In Memory of Margaret Mary Peddle (née Milks) (1941-2019)

My mother-in-law passed away Monday morning from a catastrophic stroke that occured the morning before.  She was a remarkable woman in many ways in how she transcended her circumstances and I wanted to pay tribute to her today. Margaret Peddle was raised in various remote communities in Northern Ontario, the largest of which was Englehart,Continue reading “In Memory of Margaret Mary Peddle (née Milks) (1941-2019)”

A Funeral Homily: The Soup of Life

A Funeral Homily: The Soup of Life It’s very nearly winter, and the days are growing darker and colder. I know you are feeling today like your lives have grown darker and colder as well, because you have lost your loved one. It is right for you to feel this way, because she was aContinue reading “A Funeral Homily: The Soup of Life”

Funeral Sermon: Our Strong Shepherd

Funeral Sermon Our Strong Shepherd Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing. You ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same; and he mustContinue reading “Funeral Sermon: Our Strong Shepherd”