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Thursday, September 27, 2012

09272012 Funeral Sermon for Diana Lynn Dorn

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in Your sight O Lord, our rock and our redeemer!!  AMEN!!

Let us pray!  Gracious heavenly Father we gather here to celebrate the life of our sister in Christ Diana.  The saying is extremely true that we are all children of our heavenly Father.  This is especially true for Diana as well as all of us.  May our hearts be enabled to hear Your Word spoken to our hearts and comfort us as we mourn.  For, though the veil of death separates us today from Diana, we are sure of the certain promise You made to us in our baptism that in being baptized into Your life, death and resurrection we are certainly raised with You in Your resurrection.  Comfort us with this thought and let the salve of Your Gospel message surround us so we may hear clearly the Gospel message of our salvation and celebrate Diana’s entrance into eternal glory and resting in Your loving arms.  For this is the baptismal promise made to Diana and all of us especially the saints of her family and those gathered here at Emmanuel to say goodbye.  AMEN.
One of the joys of being a pastor is to teach confirmation class for 7th and 8th graders here at Emmanuel.  For our class this year, I am using a computer and data projector to help display the information I am teaching the kids.  We are covering the Catechism and this past week we talked about sin in our lives.  One of the illustrations used was of a man who was all hunched over with what appeared to be a ‘big stone’ that he was carrying. This illustration showed the stone as sin in our lives and how we ‘carry sins’ with us and can choose when and if we want to ‘put them down’.  All of us, including me as Pastor carry the burden of sin in our lives and Diana was no different.

In the Gospel of John (Jn. 9), Jesus is asked by His own disciples, ‘who sinned, this man’s parents, or the man who was born blind’, and Jesus very profoundly states that the parents did not sin, nor did the man.  This is also especially true for Diana and her parents, Dan and Laura.  Sickness of body, mind and spirit all occur for a single sole purpose.  Just as Paul says that “no one comes short of the grace of God”, the sin manifest for the man was in order that God’s glory may be revealed and that God can and does deal with sin in our world through Jesus Christ..  God’s glory was revealed for the man by Jesus Christ, Son of the Virgin Mary healing him and making him whole.  Now we might ask, why could this have not happened in Diana’s life?  But we need to understand, we are finite creatures and in our sinfulness we want instant immediate action or results.  And Jesus Christ is sinless and an infinite.  Therefore, God with infinite possibilities and potential may not clearly reveal to us His ultimate plan or fulfillment of His Glory in our life time.  Hence, as is clearly the case with Diana, the glory of God was not revealed for us tangibly, nor is it very clear how God made her whole, but intangibly or very hidden from most people she lived with in one simple act Diana has been healed by God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

You see, God in His wisdom made a promise to Diana that Dan and Laura made a reality when they brought Diana to the font for baptism.  In, through and by the Word of God connected with the Water of Baptism, Diana was baptized into Jesus Christ life, death and resurrection.  Diana was washed clean by the blood of the lamb.  When the pastor washed her in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, God reached down from heaven and secured the greatest mystery for all of mankind for Diana.  God in this one action insured Diana would today be fully healed in mind, body and spirit while basking in her Savior’s arms for all eternity.

Thus as Diana journeyed through this life with all the burdens she encountered, God gave Diana strength and courage to face the tests of this world and of all time to live a loving life to and for her brothers, her parents and as a model for each of us here who mourn her passing today.  God promised in and by Diana’s baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that He would “strengthen the hands that are weak”.  God promised Diana when the water, intimately connected with the word was poured over her head, that He would strengthen her, and would “make straight paths for her [your] feet, so that she ….would be healed”.  Yet the promise of healing did not occur in this life, but now as she is cared for in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, God has perfected her weakness and made it a strength where she has a resurrected and perfect body.

Though Diana still in this life walked in the “ “the valley of the shadow of death”.   She no longer feared, because of the promise made for her by her parents, fulfilled in her baptism by Jesus sacrifice on Calvary for her sins and made ultimately complete when she took her final breathe here on earth.  Jesus Christ has now healed her and cares for her in His Kingdom in which He has prepared a place for Diana, Laura her mother and one day for each of us.

We all know the burden that she carried so gracefully throughout life of the challenges she faced mentally, emotionally and physically.  But it is very clear that Diana knew Who her Lord and Savior was Who gave her wisdom beyond her abilities and strength to face each passing day.  This faith she exhibited clearly even while facing death when she sang, the song we will process out with this afternoon.  This song, “You are my sunshine”, though simple in verse, clearly relates to us today the Gospel of Jesus Christ in her life and for all of us today.  God is our sunshine and even to Diana’s last hours, Jesus Christ was her rock and her shelter.  And now I confidently proclaim that Diana rests in her Lord and Savior’s arms, because of what Jesus Christ did for Diana on the Cross of Calvary and which she has been baptized into, His life, death and now her resurrection with Him.  That is the baptismal promise God made to Diana and the comfort that all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel can take away this afternoon from Jesus Christ for all of us saints.  AMEN.

Now may the peace of God which surpasses all human understanding guard our hearts and minds and comfort us today, because of what Jesus Christ did in Diana’s life and ours!  AMEN!
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