11 October 2010
Ewan Eliezer Petermann was laid to rest on Saturday, October 9, 2010 -- just three weeks from the date he was born. To say all of this is difficult to take in is an understatement.
This picture of our priest incensing Ewan's casket reminded me of Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus. The priest, like Jesus, believes in the resurrection of the body. He, like Jesus, knows this is not the end of the story. But the sadness on his face reminds me of Jesus who, though he was about to raise him from the dead, wept at the tomb of Lazarus.
Though it doesn't take away the feelings of loss, it helps to know we have in Christ a savior who does not distance himself from our sorrow -- one who not only holds us as we weep, but weeps with us.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.