Celebrating life in three very different ways….

I am struck tonight how I am participating in  life being celebrated three times but each is uniquely different….

One celebration was with 12 people who were baptized in Lake Michigan today, each for their own reason, but a cheer of celebration went up with each one…..there was laughter and there were tears…

One celebration was tonight as I listened to the changes that occurred in the lives of the many who attended The Journey this past week. I heard many stories of small groups who loved each other well. There was life found in community where truth was spoken and kindness was generously shared. There was lots of applause, laughter and tears….

One celebration will be tomorrow at the funeral of sweet 11-year-old Gerrit. It will not feel like the same type of celebration. But when you see this picture of Gerrit, and you think of his new and perfect body, there is much to celebrate.  I am sure there will be some laughter and lots of tears….

Each celebration is about life in some way….

Each celebration includes a community of people….

Each celebration includes laughter and tears, looking back and looking ahead…..

Each celebration includes faith….

I am keenly aware tonight that each of the celebrations are about life and they are all because of Jesus…..