Reflections on Goodbyes and Welcomings

I was trying to think of some way to sum up the recent funeral of a dear friend, combined with the welcoming of his children into the church family by baptism. Once again I am lost for words.

But some oft repeated words have taken on added depth:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

One comment on “Reflections on Goodbyes and Welcomings

  1. As an addendum, to a previous post (Changing the Tense)… I noticed how his son reading the poem repeatedly said, “My Daddy is…” and only once or twice slipped into the past tense. Somehow that seemed to fit so very very well… he is, and in the communion of the saints we are still linked to our departed loved ones.

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