Hope and faith will both come to an end when we die. But love will remain. Love is eternal. Love comes from God and returns to God. When we die, we will lose everything that life gave us except love. The love with which we lived our lives is the life of God within us. It is the divine, indestructible core of our being. This love not only will remain but will also bear fruit from generation to generation.

When we approach our deaths let us say to those we leave behind, "Don’t let your heart be troubled. The love of God that dwells in my heart will come to you and offer you consolation and comfort.

 

 

This meditation was delivered to my inbox the day our friend Robert Died. Hoe appropriate really. Love remains even after we are gone. In dying we lose everything but love. I think we all think about our mortality from time to time. I suspect that we are like many others, in that we worry about those we might leave behind. This theology of Henri Nouwen’s should be reassuring to all of us. The love, the divine, the good that is in each of us will live on in and with those we leave.

 

Robert Harnum will as well live in this family, in his community and in his friends.  We will hold up all that was good in his life and pray that it will be of benefit to this world. Tomorrow we will keep the family in prayer as they say their final farewell. We pray that we may all hold onto love!