November 4, 2019

A few weeks ago, I was conducting an internment at a cemetery in McGregor for a wonderful man. As the family gathered round and the honor guard removed the casket from the hearse, I reached into my shirt pocket for my reading glasses. That’s when I realized there was a problem. One of the arms had fallen off my reading glasses.

A wave of panic washed over me as I realized I could not read from the Book of Worship without my glasses and to try and put them on, while missing one arm, would have looked absolutely ridiculous.

I quickly said a prayer asking God to help and that’s when I remembered I really didn’t need to read from the Book of Worship because I’ve done so many funerals, I have the liturgy memorized. The funeral went off without a hitch.

A few years ago, I was helping a family lower the casket of another wonderful man into the grave. As I leaned over, my reading glasses fell out of my shirt pocket, bounced off the top of the casket and landed in the grave.

A wave of panic washed over me as I realized I could not read from the Book of Worship and conduct the funeral without my reading glasses.

I quickly said a prayer and realized I had no choice but to apologize to the family, hop down into the grave and retrieve my glasses. The problem was that the hole was so deep, I had to stand on top of the casket to climb out.

Fortunately, the family thought it was the funniest thing they had ever seen as they laughingly gathered round the grave, taking pictures with their phones of me standing on top of their father’s casket.

Today, you may not need broken reading glasses to conduct a funeral, but more than likely, the unexpected will happen. When it does, don’t panic. Simply say a prayer asking God to help and know that the world will keep turning.

This is God’s promise to you: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Life comes with curve balls but God will always be there to see you through.

Prayer: “Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as I face the unexpected challenges of a new day, walk with me. Give me wisdom, guidance, and strength. I want my words, thoughts, and actions to please you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Life is not always easy but God is always good. That’s all that really matters.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins