Writing a Christian Obituary

Did you ever think of writing your own obituary? In a recent sermon, this suggestion was made by the Pastor. He said we might think of this as the final opportunity to witness to our faith in Christ. If you are a Missouri Synod Lutheran (I’m not but I sometimes visit a Missouri Synod church), you can find examples in the Lutheran Service Book Agenda which your pastor probably owns. You can also find suggestions on-line. Here are some of the things you might include or do:

*The date of your baptism, mentioning it as the day you became a child of God

*The date of your confirmation in the church

*Refer to your marriage and your children as gracious gifts from God

*List the different ways you lived out your Christian faith in service to God in your church, the community and your career

*Refer to death as a home-coming, or the day we went to be with Jesus

You might decide to include an introductory statement such as:

“Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to us through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His servant ____ “

and/or a closing paragraph like:

“The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord. We give thanks to God our Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord for ______.”

I know not everyone will want to do this, but I thought it was an interesting idea and something to consider. I’d be interested to hear what others think.

For more posts about a witnessing to your faith see these posts:

How To Be A Christian Witness

“O my Lord, I am not eloquent,”

Through the Generations

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