Last week, I received an ecard from a sweet friend. At the end of the card, there was a verse.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies... "
I decided to send this verse to Marty (granddad's wife of 30+ years) as it was so touching and served as a reminder to us all. She didn't have a Bible with her at the time, so I read it aloud over the phone. We ended up reading the entire story in Chapter 11 to better understand why Jesus said that... it was the story of Lazarus, when Jesus came to visit Mary and Martha. We both loved it and she decided that since we were not able to find a poem we had been looking for, she asked what we thought about using this verse and the story at the funeral. Of course, we thought it was perfect.
I got a text not too long after our conversation; she had spoken with the priest. Apparently we could not substitute the scripture for the poem - because the gospel for the service was already John 11:20-27!
Gentle reminders of Who keeps watch over us are always coveted and we couldn't have felt His presence more in that moment.