of God for us. A love that never diminishes and never dies because it is a love of the Creator for his created children. In the words of our reading from Johnís gospel we see the hope that can grow out of love. We see Jesus explaining to his disciples, even though they donít yet understand, that he must go away from them, that he must die, so that his work can be finished and so that the place can be prepared ahead for them in heaven.

Thomas, one of Jesusí disciples, was always the disciple who was willing to ask the brave questions that the other disciples perhaps though foolish to ask. After hearing Jesusí explain that he was going away and that they know the way, Thomas is willing to admit his ignorance and say, ĎI donít know the way, but how can I know?í Jesusí answer is simple yet profound, ĎI am the way, the truth and the life.í Ė The hope for the future.

The best answers to the big questions of life and death are to be found in the God who created us, the God who came to earth as Jesus to show us the way to return to him again, the God who goes ahead of us to prepare a place for us in eternity with him if we will but acknowledge his presence and his glory.

Today we are not alone. We meet together to share our grief, to share our love for those we have gathered together to remember, but we are here also in this building, this special holy place, a symbol of Godís love for each one of us, here or absent, a symbol of Godís desire to be deeply involved in each one of our lives.

The American poet, Robert Frost said, ĎIn three words I can sum up everything Iíve learned about life: it goes on.í God longs to be with us as our life goes on, to show his love for us and to transform us Ė to turn our sorrow into joy and our mourning into dancing.

Edward Eaton
December 5, 2013
Been in the ministry for over 30 years and this is one of the best Mem. Ser. I have seen. Great job.
Walter Rehberg
September 17, 2007
This is a thoughtful, comforting sermon. Well done.