Remembering a Friend

9 Jun

My blogger friend Debra from ‘Breathelighter’ published a blog after the funeral of a dear friend. Here is an excerpt of this blog:

. . . The family chose a scripture reading I’ve heard dozens of times before, but today the words gained life as they described a special, very kind man. The challenges are simple and clear; not so easy perhaps to live.

“Let love by genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:9-18

This reading fits the life our friend will be remembered for. I don’t see a lot of ego in this brief passage–perhaps these calming words are worth contemplating in a world that likes to stir up conflict. Peace.

One Response to “Remembering a Friend”

  1. auntyuta June 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Last Saturday we saw this psychological thriller:

    THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE
    BY AIDAN FENNESSY

    Afterwards I thought: How do you cope with it if you are being lied to? Also how difficult it can sometimes be to find out the truth: This play makes you think about these things. Also how someone may come up with very strong feelings about revenge. Also quite amazing is that there can be a lack of guilt feeling in some people, but a kind of satisfaction in applying a form of justice! Ah well, all this can be rather frightening. It certainly makes for great drama.

    Yes, it certainly makes for great drama. Then I saw the above scripture reading in one of Debra’s blogs, and when I asked her, could I copy some of this blog of hers, she agreed to this. Debra mentions that our world likes to stir up conflict. And she contemplates that these scripture words are calming. Apparently these scripture words are often used for funerals.
    I wonder how difficult it may be to live up to these words? I think you’d have to be the exact opposite of that character in the above mentioned play. Would most people more or less identify with one or the other of these characters? If we had a choice, which character would we want to be? Do we love peace or do we love conflict?

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