No enemy to fear — 10 Comments

  1. Hmm . .I’m not sure I accept funerals with such levity frankly. Then I’ve only ever been to funerals where people have passed long before their ‘use by’ date.

  2. Saint Paul writes that Christian faith is about going to be “with Christ which is far better”, so even in the sad funerals there is reassurance. One of the most common Scripture readings at funeral services urges that we “grieve not as others do who have no hope”, lightness comes from the faith of the people around.

  3. I don’t understand the ‘last enemy’ bit, death is what happens, it is part of our lives

  4. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” is from Saint Paul writing about the resurrection of the dead on the Last Day (it was part of the funeral service for generations). Without confidence in that moment, Christianity becomes nothing.

  5. You’re right.

    There’s a lovely prayer in the old service of Compline that says, ‘The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end’. I’m never sure what a ‘perfect end’ might be, but I think I would like to have one.

  6. Well, it makes sense in the St. Paul context. I had completely forgot the Christian element (and where I was obviously)…

  7. Auntie Bett would have been very disappointed that you hadn’t listened to those warnings of fire and brimstone!

  8. I listened, and I thought about it – for a long time on and off – and I disregarded it

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