Invocation for Homegoing Celebration

We come today because of the magnificent and inerrant timing of God. Who ordained this gathering, because He has called one of His soldiers from labor to reward.

We fully understand that as the timing of birth is God’s, so is the timing of death, for Job 14:5 remind us, “Man’s days are determined; you (God) have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”

But, Scripture does not always diminish the pain of the moment. For we miss our beloved. We will miss her/him in all of the ways she/he has served. We will miss them as a spouse, as a parent, as a friend, as a neighbor, as a co-worker and most certainly as a fellow laborer in our Christian faith.

Since we cannot stop God’s timing, but sometimes feel the pain in the process we take solace in this celebration of our loved one going out from here to eternity.

In this celebration:

We ask comfort for the spouse and family that will miss the beloved the most. Restore them dear God to your perfect peace.

We thank you dear God for creating the beloved and the time they have spent with us all. It has truly been a joy!

We savor the memories of their life and the expressions that tells us, their life has been a job “well done”.

Although we are not the final account, our observation is that they followed the teaching of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 

Finally, we find comfort through the word of The Apostle Paul’s writing, which not only make the sting of the moment acceptable but also gives us hope. This comfort and hope is found in 2 Corinthians 5:8 …. to be away from the body is at home with Lord. In all our love, would we deny them or anyone the ultimate prize of being with the Lord? I think not!

So, we celebrate the magnificent timing of God, and give thanks to Him for His Omniscience wisdom of the moment.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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