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Creating a living legacy to Christ

                                                                   April 3, 2019



Dear Friends,


I arrived early and sat listening to the pre-service music.
It was my first visit to St. Joseph Church in New London.
I looked around and was struck by the beauty of the
church's architecture. The magnificent stained glass
windows were a sight to behold. I sat there and soaked
in the sense that I was sitting in the presence of Christ
himself.


Of course, there is something about a funeral that causes
us to pause and take note of the spiritual side of life. It is
easy to ignore it when life is chugging along at a rapid
pace. The death of someone in our circle of family,
friends and acquaintances causes us to stop and ponder
the fact that some day all of us will die.


Before long the family began filing in. My heart went
out to them. It is hard to say goodbye to a husband, a
dad and a man who was larger than life. The priest
noted that he had touched so many with his compassion
and generosity. He lived with a faith that was not only
a blessing to him but to all who knew him. What a great
testimony that was!


I thought to myself, "I hope someone will say nice things
about me when I die. And I hope that they will be telling
the truth and not just sharing platitudes." I chuckled.
For the truth is that we are writing our obituaries as
we live out our days. Only we can determine what will
be said. Our eulogies will be determined by the way we
treat each other.


The story of Ebenezer Scrooge illustrates the point. His
life was heading in one direction until he got a wake up
call... three of them actually. The ghosts caused him to
see himself as others saw him. He was a miserly,
miserable, misanthrope. He treated those around him
with contempt. It came back to haunt him. Thankfully,
it changed his life.


Death can be a wake-up call. We only have so many
days given to us. We can use them to make a difference
or we can let them slip away for ever. As the priest
recited the words of Jesus, "I am the resurrection and
the life," a bigger question struck me. What would Jesus
say at my funeral? Have I lived a life that would received
his blessing?


The Bible tells us that Jesus loves us and gave his life
for us. That's what this season of Lent is all about. It
is a time of reflection. We think about the sacrifice
Jesus made. He paid the price for our sin and opened
the door for us to be forgiven and made right with God.
All we have to do now is accept his offering and claim
the free gift of salvation.


The truth is that if we understand and embrace what
Jesus did for us, then it will change our lives. We won't
have to wonder what Jesus will say. Our lives will reflect
his glory. When Jesus greets us, it will be with the words,
"Well done, good and faithful servant." So let this season
of Lent touch your heart and let Christ's love change
your lives.


God bless! See you in church. Cal
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