Summary: A funeral sermon for a believer
IT’S OK TO MOURN
“Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.”
I. WE NEED TO MOURN FOR THE DEAD
A. ABRAHAM MOURNED FOR SARAH
1) Abraham mourned when Sarah died. She had been his constant companion for
most of his life.
2) He mourned for Sarah because he would miss her presence in his life. It is a great loss to lose someone so dear and mourning is part of dealing with that loss.
3) He mourned...
B. ABRAHAM IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO MOURNED IN SCRIPTURE
C. IT IS NORMAL TO MOURN WHEN YOU HAVE LOST SOMEONE SO DEAR TO YOU
II. GOD PROMISES HELP IN OUR TIME OF GRIEF
are part of that family rejoice with us and also mourn with us.
C. Some of the help that God gives us comes in some of the knowledge He gives us about
those that die and are faithful and belong to Him:
2) To be absent from the body is to be present with Christ ( )
4) In one of Jesus’ parables, we see that after this life, we will be able to recognize
III. IN THE MIDST OF YOUR GRIEF GOD’S PROMISES ARE STILL TRUE
* believed in Jesus and so now has eternal life
* is now absent from his/her body and so is present with Christ
* is enjoying that place prepared for us after this life
* will be there waiting when we who are faithful arrive there as well
CONCLUSION... A Gaelic Blessing
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rain fall softly on your fields
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.