Today we are commemorating All Saints Day, a day when we remember all the people who have gone before us into death; so it is fitting that in all our readings today, except the psalm, death and tears are part of the conversation.
Words have an incredible power. Words can affect change in ourselves, the people around us, and the world around us. I performed a wedding a few weeks ago, and there was something that happened when I said, “I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Those words changed something about the people being married simply by me speaking them.
If you died tomorrow, how would people describe you? Often eulogies gloss over a person’s imperfections and paint a rosy picture of a person’s life, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about after the funeral, maybe when the family and friends gather for a meal, how would they describe you?
Quentin Tarantino is rumored to be working on a Star Trek movie. When I heard that, it struck me as odd. Of all the directors that could make a decent Star Trek movie, his name does not immediately come to mind. I think that he has made some great movies, and is an iconic director who has his own style (usually involving a copious amount of blood).
What does a wise person look like? Some of you maybe think that to be wise means you have to be really old and have a long gray beard. But being wise is more than being old, or having a beard! Many of us know old people who are simply foolish, and bearded men who are not wise either. So what does it mean to be wise?