The hardest thing about death is not the agony (physical, emotional, spiritual) that it causes, but rather it is to learn to expect God’s goodness from it. Yet, it is the Christian’s hope, that “if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”
In that hope, and the spirit of Halloween’s reflection on death and the communion of the saints, I saw this benediction online today, thanks to Michael Hyatt.
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.