The River has been around for six years. In that time, I have done several funerals, but they were all for family members of people in the church. Yesterday, I did the first funeral for someone who was part of our church family. When I started this church, I wondered if being a church family would make things like hospital visits and funerals better or worse. In my previous churches, I did not know anyone as well as I know the people in The River. Would I come to regret being a family when I buried someone I cared about deeply?
Yesterday, I found out that I did not regret it even a little.
I’m still processing why, but I think it simply comes down to the fact that Tennyson was right: ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.