I came back refreshed from a weekend off all raring to go and came face to face with these readings.
How do we respond to grief? How should we? It would have been easy to simply look at the psychology of grief and do something useful that way, but in the end that is not what a sermon really is for.
How does God fit in to our grief, and how do these readings relate to the way our communities are? Unless we explore these issues and offer a wider context then an individual’s grief is simply that – their grief and the wider dimension of life in a community is ignored. This is a response to that dynamic.