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2 Corinthians 1:1-11

One of the ways to share the comfort you have received from God is to go to the visiting hours and the funeral.

In the late ‘80’s I was preaching full time for a small church in Michigan and worked part time in the local funeral home. I frequently saw people from the church in the funeral home because it was a small town and everybody knew everybody.

Nancy Graybiel was a dear lady who was the backbone of the congregation. She was nearly 80 and it was difficult for her to get around, but she was always at church and frequently at the funeral home.

I was working the visiting hours one winter afternoon and was standing in the hallway to open the door for people as they came and went. Nancy was on her way out when she met an old friend who was just coming in. They exchanged greetings and I overheard dear old Nancy say:

“You have no idea how much effort it takes me to get all dressed up just to come see a corpse.”

Although it was difficult, and she did get caught complaining about it, Nancy knew the value of being at the visiting hours. Her remark was humorous, but she knew the visit was not for the dead but for the living.

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