Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Why Would A Mother Take Her Children To Funerals?

Here is what our dear friend and sister in Jesus, Angel Larsen, who writes over at Loved Beyond All Measure, told her eight children:

Dear Larsen Children,
We’ve been to two funerals in a little over a month, one for three month old Mya and another for 82 year old Glen. On the way to Glen’s funeral, one of you asked, “Why are we going to this funeral?”
My answer was simple.
We go because we celebrate life and we celebrate death when we know that they are in the arms of Jesus. We went to Glen’s funeral to honor a man that loved Jesus and loved his church. We went to Mya’s funeral to love and support her family.
I know that [at] both of these funerals you were the few children present. I am not going to hide you from the reality death. In Ecclesiastes it says that there is a time for everything – a time to be born and a time to die. So therefore, I am going to teach you just that. We are going to talk about creation, fall, rescue and restoration and how Jesus is in everything. We are going to talk about heaven and how one day he will wipe away all the tears and there will be no more pain or sorrow.
We also go because I want to teach you to move towards hurting people, not away. Jesus was continually moving towards the awkward situations. He didn’t get shy and turn around. He didn’t say he was too busy. He was always moving in love.
So my dear little ones,
love well and love big!


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