The Sunday Message

Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma. – Robin Williams

I happened to catch a documentary about Robin Williams on HBO titled, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.

Here is information from the website about the documentary:

A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is told largely through Williams’ own words, and celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.

I enjoyed Williams on Mork & Mindy and I saw Good Morning Vietnam when I was stationed in Guam at Andersen AFB. He had quite a range for an actor.

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The Sunday Message

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”John 11:25-26 (NIV)

It’s always a sad time when someone close to us dies. We miss them terribly and with them being gone it’s like we have a hole in our heart.

Many Christians believe that we will see our fellow Christians again in Heaven. Believing in that has helped me through some tough times when family members have died. Since I knew that they were Christians, I believe that I will see them again in Heaven.

I remember singing the gospel song, written in 1898 that was titled, “When We All Get to Heaven.” The chorus goes like this:

When we all get to heaven,
what a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
we’ll sing and shout the victory.

Amen to that! Will you be going to Heaven when you die? Click HERE if you are not sure and for more information.


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The Sunday Message

No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather. ― Michael Prichard

The first time I heard part of that quote was from former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Conrad passed away this week, so he has been in my thoughts.

I can’t remember which senator Conrad said he was talking to (it may have been Robert Byrd). The other senator was complaining in private to Conrad that he was pretty much hated by members of his own party because of some tough votes he made or because of some appropriation requests that he turned down. The other senator said that he was so disliked that probably nobody would even come to his funeral if he died today. Conrad told him he shouldn’t worry about that because the size of his funeral would pretty much depend on the weather.

That is probably pretty true – at least from my experience with funerals.

During one of my parent’s funerals, the weather was terrible. It was one of those days in Missouri when the freezing rain basically stopped everything. Luckily the service was held at the same location as the cemetery where my mother or father was to be buried.

The pellets of snow and freezing rain bounced off the umbrellas as the final words were said. People were shivering and when the short final prayer ended, people quickly left.

When my sister died, the services were held at the same cemetery. It was so hot – almost 100 degrees that we kind of moved away from the gravesite so we could stand in the shade of a nearby tree to get out of the sweltering sun. It was also a short service.

As I grow older I think of funerals and things like that. Especially after someone I know dies.

I told my wife that I did not want a funeral because probably nobody would attend. I also wanted to be cremated and my ashes scattered in Montana and, if possible, near my boyhood home of Mill Grove, Missouri (Google it).

She told me that she would consider it, but I would be dead. She said she would do what she wanted. I think she was joking…

I do know that when my time is up that I am going to Heaven. Are you?

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. – Yogi Berra

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The Sunday Message

“One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Do you ever wonder if your religious beliefs are the “correct” beliefs? What I mean by this question is when your life ends will you be going to heaven, or is it all over.

Recently former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

I imagine the religious world went wild after hearing those remarks. I thought his comments were a little arrogant. Sadly, Bloomberg’s not sure there is a God.

The founders of our country wanted to leave religion up to us, so they created this thing called the First Amendment. Basically it prohibited the government from telling us to have religion or what religion to have.

I like the First Amendment. You and I can believe what we want! Maybe God gave our founders the religion clauses idea in the First Amendment so year after year we could argue about a valedictorian or a speaker mentioning God or Jesus or saying a prayer during a graduation speech.

With these freedoms come other issues. Like those pesky people who don’t believe in God or Jesus or religion? I can deal with non-believers pretty easily. I’m not a pusher of my religious beliefs on others, although I write this column for every Sunday because I think that’s what God wants me to do.

We will all find out in the end who was correct, right?

Seriously, it’s tougher for me to get along with the high and mighty Christians who believe they have the market cornered on what to believe – the facts as they see them.

In closing, I think maybe the great Bob Dylan may have said it best:

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Have a great week!

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