In thinking about Dad's life and my own and human life in general, including the life of our Lord, one thing that kind of stood out for me this past week is the thought that life is a process. And it's a process we need to commit ourselves to. Mom asked me to speak a little at the funeral and I drew from Psalm 13 in thinking a bit about Dad's life. A book I found helpful in all of this is Michael Card's A Sacred Sorrow: Reaching Out to God in the Lost Language of Lament. This is a book worthy of reading and rereading and working through. Many of my thoughts I adopted and adapted came from it, especially in my remarks at the funeral service.
Process is not what we "naturally" (in our falleness) like. We want instant results in our society. But even as Jesus embraced this path, so must we. Life being a process goes on from the cradle to the grave. Some aspects of that are related to "the Fall" of humanity, and indeed are not pleasant. But even with and through those things God is at work in his "in Christ" people to make us holy and filled with his goodness. We are to become more and more like our Master together in his love.
Process means time, progress (and oftentimes setbacks and failings) and oftentimes pain, including involvement in grief as my Mother and family have recently encountered. It means to live through the gamut of human experience.
And who better to look to but Jesus? He himself went through what seemed to many to be a very ordinary life until the time of his ministry. He was made human and lived with all of our limitations except he was not a sinner nor did he sin. And by his death for us, once for all, and through his resurrection we can embark in the new way he has made for us. That too, like his life here, is a process. We are a resurrection people in him, but we live as those who follow Christ and become like him in his death in this life. This is one reason I like to look some to those who embrace the monastic life. Many of them are seeking to enter into this in their lives. And it is for all of us who are God's children through faith in Jesus.
May God help us to accept and even embrace life as a process including the good and the bad, as we seek together to follow our Lord.
What thoughts would you like to add here?