Posts tagged “Grave

Sermo Dei: Palm Sunday 2017

Posted on April 9th, 2017

It’s nice to talk about resurrection, but the words I speak at the time of death sometimes feel hollow. It’s all future-oriented, and while I believe it, we’re still left with the corpse. Someone has to call the funeral home, someone has to open the grave, and then there we are, looking down into the earth. Most of our life is so sanitary, and even at death, we farm out the dirty work to others. But there, when the casket descends, and you see off in the distance the men waiting to come and close the vault and cover it with dirt – for just a moment, you see and you know that our clean lives are a lie. Squirt the anti-bacterial fluid, rub…

Christmas Day 2013

Posted on December 25th, 2013

The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day John 1:1-14 It is a terrible thing, to stare down into the grave. Last Friday my family buried my grandmother. After I said the burial prayers, with snow flurries falling and my toes numb from the bitter Minnesota winter, down went her coffin into the vault. The cement lid clanged closed, and we threw flowers and shoveled dirt deep into that frozen pit. That is the moment when—at least for me—it is hardest to believe. There seems no escape from that prison. And there is so much regret. I could have been better: a better grandson, a better son, a better brother, a better husband, a better father, a better pastor, a better person. Sin heaped upon…