Friday, September 16, 2005

Too busy really...

I shouldn't be coming anywhere near this blog, at least until after Sunday, when the Food for Thought discussion "Where do we go from here?" takes place.
I've been enjoying reading round the subject of death and the hereafter, in between bouts of taking funerals, and can recommnend David Edwards' book "After Death?" as a good launch pad for the sort of discussion I'm hoping for. Among other things, he offers the full text of Henry Scott Holland's much used "Death is nothing at all..." in which he goes on to represent a rather less cosy, more uncomfortable viewpoint. Definitely can't see that catching on at most funerals.
Tom Wright is thought provoking too in "For All the Saints", where he challenges us to adopt a more strictly Biblical view of what happens next.
Currently, I'm profoundly relieved that I billed our discussion as "many questions but few answers" as I'd hesitate to state anything conclusively, except for my unswerving belief that nothing will separate us from God's love. Not for the first time, I take refuge in the clarity of vision of George Herbert
Whether I fly with angels, fall with dust,
Thy hands made both, and I am there;
Thy power and love, my love and trust,
Make one place everywhere.

I needed to believe that this morning, as I conducted a funeral where the chief mourner arrived handcuffed to a prison officer. I didn't have the opportunity to engage with him properly either before or after the service, but never have I been so glad that the Common Worship rite does allow scope for penitence and absolution. Those moments were the most real of the morning.

6 comments:

Dr Moose said...

Well, I shouldn't be looking at blogs either - but I am!

Just make sure you do find some space soon - says he, as he considers whether he needs to work on his day off next week!

the reverend mommy said...

Thanks for the book suggestions -- they came at exactly the right time. I handed out from the Rev. Mommy lending library all my resources last week -- How to Die, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, etc....
(goody goody! more books!)

Mark said...

Absolutely my favourite four lines of George Herbert - although I'd struggle as to whether he would have applied them to the afterlife, I find them so helpful for praying with regard to this one.

Tom Wright's Grove booklet New Heavens, New Earth is also excellent on a biblical eschatology, although I know people who have found the loss of a folk belief in an airy heaven very hard indeed.

Be really interested to know how the discussion goes.

Gordon said...

I'm praying that you'll be surprised with a bit of space to breathe out in!

Marie said...

Sounds like a busy couple of weeks for you. Hope all went well and that you'll enjoy some time and space to yourself.

Lorna said...

you've done well Kat :)

I left you a challenge on my site btw :) just to tempt you back lol

be blessed
hope the food for thought was just that.