Nancy E. Petty & Jack McKinney
Text: Proverbs 3:13-18
Many of you have heard me say that one of the parts I love about my job is doing funerals. Here’s why that is. At funerals, at least Pullen funerals, we value telling the truth about a person’s life. In speaking of the deceased, we name the parts of that person’s life that radiated light as well as those places where life was lived in the shadows. We name the joy with the pain, the hope with the despair, and the success with the struggle. For all of us, our lives are comprised of light and darkness; and in remembering and honoring an individual’s life it feels essential that we try to speak a word of truth about both. Even in death, telling the truth in love about someone’s life is what brings respect and honor to that person and the life they lived.
This morning, Jack and I would like to use this model of how we do funerals at
Pullen as we attempt to speak a word about our life together as pastors. It would be easy for us to speak only of the joy, the hope, and the success because those are the things that fill our hearts these days. But to only name the joy and the hope and the success would not be the whole story of our life together these past seven years. So we will also share with you what we have learned in the places of pain and struggle. In doing so, it is not our intent to try and reconcile all parts of the co-pastorate. We simply offer to you our reflections in a spirit of honesty, grace, and compassion, and with a deep sense of gratitude for what has been.