I attended a viewing last Thursday night for a teenage boy. It was held in a small funeral home about an hour away from my home. When we arrived, I noticed a long line forming outside the door and curving up the ramp. When I took my place to wait, I discovered the home was set up to accommodate two viewings at a time. The parallel door had another name on it with the same viewing times as the one I was attending.
No one stood outside that door.
When I got closer to the coffin, I found that the mother and daughter were comforting the visitors rather than letting them comfort them.
Surrounded by friends and family.
It struck me as I left and saw the many people still waiting to share their grief how easily it could be to end up lying on the other side of the building. In a room where no soul ever came to say goodbye.
A few posts back, I wrote about how I wanted to set up a meeting for the ladies in my church who wanted to get closer than a casual hello every week. I’m happy to report that our first meeting is going to be held this next Saturday at my home. I’m nervous, worried and way out of my box on this one but as a Christian, when God lays something on your heart, you need to act.
I’m asking you today as a writer or just an observer—is there something you should be doing to make a difference? Is there an article that needs writing? Is there a speech you want to give but have been putting it off?
We are gifted with only so much time here on earth. Put your passion to work!