A Time to Weep

Memorial Day – In one of the most watched scenes, viewed over and over on television by millions of people, a homeless vet dies and gets a funeral with full military honors. There is much joy in life and much to be grateful for. And part of life’s mystery is the juxtaposition of life and death, of living and dying every day. The scene from West Wing captures it as it superimposes a lonely dying with an obscure birthing – Christmas and a funeral.

It’s not that I’m morbid. It’s that I know that one of the currents in the stream of life is this constant dying, the “good byes” that are part of the fabric of it all. No amount of denial can remove the reality of it, just as no amount of grief can undo the joy and wonder that are part and parcel of life.

Memorial Day – it’s a time to remember, and a time to weep.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.