My main focus today is Doreen’s funeral this afternoon.
Conducting a funeral is never easy and there are varied challenges. Sometimes, it’s the funeral of someone that I’ve never met and there is pressure, particularly if I’m giving the eulogy, to get things right, be respectful and not to add to the grief of the family. I’ve never felt detached even where the person is unknown to me since you’d have to be very hardhearted not to be moved by the grief of the family who are present. On other occasions like today, I have known the person well. This brings its own difficulties as to some extent I feel the loss personally; it’s the funeral of a friend.
I’ve often found that in times of great stress the Lord is present is a wonderful way. He enables us to do things that are beyond our own resources’ and capabilities. I’m praying for that enabling today and that the service will be honouring to the Lord, pay tribute to Doreen and helpful for the family.
There will be other things as well, the students from Capernwray arrive this afternoon and there’s a sermon for Sunday to finish but at the moment I can’t think past 2.15 at Coychurch.