Last week I had the amazing honor to attend the funeral for a precious friend’s daughter. It was titled A Homecoming Celebration of Life. We came together to celebrate the life of a young woman who died too young from diabetes. The Celebration Service was full of life with singing, praising, praying, greetings and a strong message of hope. This service was very different than any other funeral service that I have ever attended because my friend is African American.
I was so honored and humbled to be welcomed to this service. Of course, there were many traditions that were different than what I am familiar with and I learned from my brothers and sisters in Christ what it means to celebrate while mourning. The biggest blessing was being reminded that someday (soon I hope) all Christ Followers will worship around the throne of our Savior together – and it will not matter what language we speak or what color we are – we will worship together in unity.
As I drove home that day in the rain, my tears flowed for several reasons… for the separation this family is now experiencing, for the pain the disease of diabetes brings, and for the amazing time spent with the Family of God. I truly can’t wait until the day He calls me home…
“Come Lord Jesus” Revelations 22:20
This post is in honor of the MyBryde Family and to remember Keli.