Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalms 34:2-3,10-15; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58
The late Christian author Henri Nouwen, wrote about a close friend who lost her husband, Bob, suddenly to a heart attack. The woman decided to keep her two young children away from the funeral, for fear that it would be too difficult for them to see their father lowered into the ground.
Months later, the woman asked Nouwen to visit the grave with her and the children. The older child was afraid to go, but the younger girl decided to come with them. When they came to the place where Bob was buried, the three of them sat down on the grass around the headstone which was engraved with these words: “A Kind and Gentle Man.”
Nouwen said, “Maybe one day we should have a picnic here. This is not only a place to think about death, but also a place to rejoice in our life. Bob will be most honored when we find new strength here, to live.”
At first it seemed a strange…