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1. Three pressing burdens of a preacher
I. Bring a Word of Comfort to All
A. Two outstanding characteristics of God
1. His justness (justice)
a. Moses’ evaluation—Deut. 32:4
b. Paul’s statement—Gal. 6:7
c. Jesus’ revelation—Matt. 10:42
d. Glimpse of judgment—Matt. 25:31–46
2. His great mercy
a. Lord’s own estimate—Jer. 3:12
b. Publican’s plea—Luke 18:13
II. Bring a Word of Understanding to the Young
A. The young have many questions about death
1. What has happened here?
a. From human viewpoint—a tragedy
b. Life and death can be illustrated by filling a jar with lake water and then pouring it back into the lake (Gen. 2:7)
2. Why has this happened?
a. Generally speaking—Rom. 5:12
b. Specifically, no one can say
c. We trust in God’s wisdom—Rom. 8:28
d. We believe someday we will know all “whys”
III. Bring a Word of Concern to the Unsaved
A. Tragedy reminds us of our text—life is uncertain
B. This fact alone should cause concern
C. if one is saved, maybe the “why” will be answered
Dear God of eternity, life is so precious to each of us that all that is within us says no to death. We see death as the dark, mysterious enemy that destroys the good that You have created.
Help us to see death as You see it: not the end but the beginning, not a wall but a doorway, not a dark road but a path that leads to eternal light and life.
We will miss our loved one, but we thank You, Lord, for memory. May our minds and hearts be filled with the wonderful recollections of the past.
Help our sadness to wear a smile as the passing of time wipes the tears away. Time can be a great physician, healing the void that we now feel.
Every life is a gift from You, dear Father. Thank You for sharing this special person’s life with us. We will cherish the memory forever. Amen.
Beloved, let us seek comfort in the assurances of God’s Word.
Hear our prayer, O God, as we lay before You the concerns of our heart. Our hearts feel pain in these moments. Hear our cries, especially those that are deep and silent. You know the sorrow that has befallen us and You are aware of the grief within us. We come to You for healing and strength.
Lord, You have been our refuge for all generations. Men and women have called upon Your name since the beginning of time. Through this affliction draw our hearts closer to Your great heart of love. May these moments discipline us to train our eyes more steadfastly upon You.
We stand strong upon Your assurance that You have made preparations for us, in this life and in the life to come. Your loving assurance is our only refuge in this setting.
We thank You for the heritage of our faith. Through it our troubled hearts find rest even in sorrow.As we commend our loved ones to You, we do so with confidence that they rest securely in Your loving arms. Bless their passing and our memory of days which now appear to be gifts not only from them but from You as well. In Christ’s name. Amen.