When someone dies it is customary to bury them fairly soon after death. However, in Alaska, that is not possible. Since the ground is frozen during winter, burials must wait till the ground thaws. This week I will be doing one internment ceremony and attending another.
We will be looking at one family in the Bible to see how they dealt with the death of a loved one. Genesis 23 explains what Abraham did when Sarah died. Later in the week we see who else died and where they were buried.
Remember that gravesites and their gravestones are memorials. A place to remember.
Sarah dies and Abraham mourns (Verses 1-2)
And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
This process is common when loved ones die. We mourn. We remember all they meant to us. Sarah knew Abraham all her life. Their journey took them from their home to wandering through the land of Canaan. She supported, comforted, obeyed, and loved her husband. Abraham mourned.
Tomorrow we see what Abraham does next.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001