It’s the 4th of July and I just returned from a two-day trip to Missouri to attend a funeral of my cousin (Libby) who was my age. My mom is 1 of 8 children and there are a lot of cousins in Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, California and Michigan. Other than one cousin that wasn’t very close to the family….Libby was the first of our generation to pass away.

Many family members were able to attend the funeral. We had a good time re-connecting and getting caught up. It was a reminder why a traditional funeral is probably better than being cremated since it gave us a time to visit and fellowship.

Libby had experienced a lot of physical suffering in her life but never complained. She was a follower of Christ and the funeral was a good reminder that this world is not our home and death is only a passage to our eternal life.

The Pastor shared with us from John 14 where it says:

 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

On a day that we celebrate freedom…the funeral was a reminder that our faith makes us free indeed.