16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16,17)
The most well-known verse on the planet. The most misunderstood and hard to figure out passage.
It may very well be that the entire month of April will be more “social distancing.” Many states have “stay at home” orders in place, working hard to force social distancing so the virus can’t keep spreading.
“What do I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17)
We want the “ultimate answers” settled without looking right in front of us. If we’d look right in front of us we’d find the answers to our “ultimate” questions. And we’d find those “ultimate” questions less vital.
Yesterday we held a memorial service for an incredibly well-loved lady. It was the kind of service where I come away thinking, “What a life!”
It was a celebration of a dear lady who served our church with incredible faithfulness for many years, and the last couple of years did so while battling cancer.
No matter who I talked to about Mrs. Brown, there was always a kind word. Those who knew her through our church, other pastors who got her reminder phone calls every month for a meeting, vendors who did business with our church, even bus drivers, all had only kind words to say about this dear lady.
The reason I only heard kind words about Mrs. Brown was because when Mrs. Brown spoke, you only heard kind words about other people. She always spoke well of people.
The memorial service was full of wonderful memories of a lady who loved people and loved God. A simple life who impacted every other simple life she touched.
I told my wife last night, “I just want to be Mrs. Brown. I want to live life like she did.”
We all rejoice she is now pain free in the full presence of the Savior. And she is now fully loving the Savior she loved every day on this earth.
What a life.