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Party and the Funeral

Difference between two extremes
Wed 22 Feb 2023

One weekend some time back, I attended an 18th birthday party, and then two days later, I attended a funeral.

The difference between the two events was very dramatic.

The party was great—full of fun, energy, eating and drinking. Yet, the funeral was more confronting. And as I reflect on these two very different events, I am reminded of the words from the Old Testament's book of Ecclesiastes 7:2, which says:

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.

So yes—parties are fun—they should be enjoyed. But there is more wisdom at funerals:

they confront us with our mortality and help us clarify what is really important in life.

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