Grace and peace. This past Sunday, St. Patrick’s was treated to a conversation with Mona Hanford and Lalie Tongour about their recent book, The Graceful Exit. The celebration, organized by Renée DeVigne, marked the beginning of a four-week series about caregiving, death, and dying. This Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Larry Packard will share about Christian caregiving with helpful hints about how to walk along with someone during a time of crisis. I am confident that I will learn from Larry’s wisdom gathered from over 30 years of parish ministry. My sermon this past Sunday was about the importance of these conversations during all stages of our lives (Listen to Sunday’s Sermon).
Again, I thank you all for your prayers for me and my mom as we grieve the death of my father. This past Saturday, we celebrated his life with a service followed by interment in the columbarium at St. James’ Church in Fremont, Nebraska. If you were paying attention to the weather in the Midwest, you might know that we were on the cusp of a blizzard warning. It didn’t dampen the spirit of the day including the military honors with a 3-shot volley and presentation of the American Flag honoring my dad’s service in the Korean War. I was thankful to offer a reflection about what my dad meant to me before the service began, and I invite you to listen to it.