We found out this morning that the man whose wake we went to this morning (the relatives requested that church be held where his wake was) was 6 weeks away from his 101st birthday. Wow! Talk about old! He lived a long life. And we found out today that he was ready for the end. He knew the Lord. He had planned out his funeral. I found that out during church, and it was somehow like life suddenly got a whole lot brighter. If he knew the Lord, then this is no longer an overwhelmingly sad event. It is a celebration of someone’s entrance into God’s presence! Yes, there is still the pain and loss of missing a beloved relative and friend, for the family. I know what it’s like, trust me! But knowing he is with the Lord is a comfort, and brings joy in to mix with the sorrow and makes it more bearable.