Would you rather attend a party or a funeral? Seems like a silly question. Yet King Solomon wrote about the value of visiting a house of mourning.
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties” (Eccles. 7:2 NLT).
Last month offered me more funerals than parties. Four friends lost their husbands. The Last two years have provided many opportunities to mourn. Mourning certainly doesn’t feel good. So why would the wisest king who ever lived say spending time at funerals is better than going to parties?Why would the wisest king who ever lived say spending time at #funerals is better than going to #parties? Click To Tweet
Those old enough to remember when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated probably remember where they were when they heard the news. Like 9/11, when American Airline planes flew into the twin towers, tragic news forever engraves itself into our minds.
Kennedy’s death shocked the world. Our country mourned the tragic loss of our leader. Questions swirled like dust in a sandstorm.
- How could this happen?
- What will happen to our nation?
- What will happen to Jackie, to Caroline, and to John Jr.?
My husband Larry’s questions took a personal turn. What happened to President Kennedy? What would happen to Larry if he died?
Mourning Leads to Wisdom
Larry tossed and turned that night in bed. Realizing trying to sleep was fruitless, he tiptoed into his parent’s room and gently shook his father’s shoulder. “I can’t sleep. I’m afraid.”
His dad got up and asked what troubled him. Larry shared his concerns. If something this bad could happen to President Kennedy, a powerful man guarded by secret service, where did that leave him? What would happen if his life ended?
Larry’s dad reminded him of John 3:16.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life” (NIV).
Larry and his father got on their knees together, and Larry asked Jesus to be His savior. Our nation’s loss became Larry’s gain.
Consider the rest of Solomon’s words.
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies—so the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us. A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time.” (Eccles. 7:2-4 NLT).
Attending funerals reminds us that this life is short. Everyone dies. Our fleshly bodies will give out. Funerals remind us to prepare for and live in light of eternity. Have you secured your future?
I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (Jn. 11:25 NLT).