Lessons of the Dead

by JLSpinner

As we approach the closing of the year we find time to give thanks and to count our blessings. We come together and share the bounty we have earned this year.  At this time we are also reminded of death. 

The death of a loved one is a powerful experience. No words can describe the immense feelings involved. Or the gaping void we are left with. No phrases or comforting words can patch up the wounds. The dead will stay dead and we are left to live our lives. It’s not fair, and for many, it can be unbearable.

“Don’t be saddened because they are gone. Be joyful that you had the time that you did.” It is through ourselves that we can pick up the pieces of our lives and start living again. With the memories that we’ve had together. The lessons that we’ve learned. With our actions we can let our fallen live again.

During the Autumn season I find time to reflect on those I have lost. To reflect on how I can be used to honor them. To show everyone the importance they had in my life. The radiance of their love. And now, because of those before me, the radiance of mine.

Talk to the dead. Remember what they did for you and do it for another. Share the love and the light that they shared. Let them live again. Death comes for us all, but we will never truly be far from those whom we love and care for. It is through our love and service that we live on. That our loved ones live on.

In the moment of now, if our hearts are open and our focus is keen, we can find eternity with those whom are gone. We can find our loved ones again. And so too will those we leave behind find us.

Everything we touch in life is changed by our touch. Be it for the better, or for the worse. So we must decide in each moment what we want to do. Can you make one right decision? And another? Or will you sacrifice eternity and the opportunities that unfold before you? Will you carry on a legacy of love and kindness?

So mourn the dead. There is no shame in mourning such a loss. But once you’re done, show the world why you mourned. Show them love and eternal life. Show them the beauty and knowledge that you were shown. Show them why we remember. 

One right decision at a time.

 

May the Force be with us all.

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  1. Amyntas

Thank you Joe , beautifull sermon

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  1. Serondrych

Thank you Joe, your sermon touches very near for my family at this time. My father is very ill with few chances of recovery we are all very sad but hoping the best for him, whatever comes will accept kindly.

MTFBWY

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  1. JLSpinner    Serondrych

I'm sorry for your struggles. I hope you find comfort. I always advise to let them know how much they mean to you before they are gone. If you need to talk, my inbox is open. My father's passing was rough for my family.

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  1. StrudelDoo1981

I wanted to thank you for this sermon. The pull of the force is an amazing thing. I havent been on for a few months do to health problems, a broken computer, and well.... life.

Sadly, on 10/9 my wife passed away. She was 36.

The grief takes...

I wanted to thank you for this sermon. The pull of the force is an amazing thing. I havent been on for a few months do to health problems, a broken computer, and well.... life.

Sadly, on 10/9 my wife passed away. She was 36.

The grief takes over you. It controls you no matter how strong you think you are.

However.... since it happaned the Force has been pulling me back to the temple. The day that finally happaned was on 10/21... The very day of this sermon. It comforted me. And even though my world has changed, I know for a fact this is not the end but only the begining. It took me a few days to do it... But I want to Thank you all for what you do and I look forward to expanding upon my knowledge of the life choices and changes I'm embarking upon.

May the force be with you.

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  1. JLSpinner    StrudelDoo1981

I cannot fathom the pain of your loss. Please, if you need to talk, myself or any other member of the clergy is readily available.

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  1. MichaelH

I really enjoyed this sermon. I come from a Northern Tradition Pagan background (Germanic, think Odin and Thor). My Patron Goddess is Hel, the keeper of the dead. I have a great sense of dedication to honoring my ancestors and friends that have...

I really enjoyed this sermon. I come from a Northern Tradition Pagan background (Germanic, think Odin and Thor). My Patron Goddess is Hel, the keeper of the dead. I have a great sense of dedication to honoring my ancestors and friends that have passed on. Let me be clear: mourning the loss of Loved ones is a natural and important process. But, from my experience, the mourning is more for ourselves and the sense that we have something missing in our lives as opposed to mourning their inability to continue living this life. Someone who has passed on is free from pain, free from suffering, free from the crap that the living have to deal with.They are free. We can be sad that they are gone, but we should not dwell on it for too long. Celebrate their lives, remember the impact they had on us and keep them in our memories. But do not feel sad for them. They are with us still. Not in body, but in spirit. They are One with the Force. I know I got a little long-winded there, but this is something I am passionate about. Death may be the end of this existence, but it is not the end of everything.

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  1. JLSpinner    MichaelH

Thank you for the kind words. Ive been told my views on death are very pagan, though I don't hold to one set of beliefs.

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  1. Moon Child

Thank you for this wonderful sermon! Our thoughts will always go back to those we loved and lost, but as you said honoring their memory and doing for others what they did for us is the best way to make our own positive impact upon the world and...

Thank you for this wonderful sermon! Our thoughts will always go back to those we loved and lost, but as you said honoring their memory and doing for others what they did for us is the best way to make our own positive impact upon the world and yet to never lose touch with those who were exceptional influences in our lives.

May the Force be with you always!

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  1. JLSpinner    Moon Child

It sounds like we share similar thoughts on the matter!

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  1. Silvermane

Thank you.

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  1. jzen

This was a fantastic sermon, and so appropriate for this time of the year. Thanks for helping me pause and reflect _/|\_

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  1. ChandlerDR

Thank you for this. I am an active dreamer and remember most of them. I lost my father six years ago and I see him in my dreams once in a while. We speak to each other, knowing that he has left this world. It's quite amazing actually, as if...

Thank you for this. I am an active dreamer and remember most of them. I lost my father six years ago and I see him in my dreams once in a while. We speak to each other, knowing that he has left this world. It's quite amazing actually, as if he has found a way to keep his consciousness in the afterlife. Our connection was so strong that we somehow keep in touch. It could just be my overactive imagination holding on to a piece of him and using it to keep me sane. Maybe it's just a way to deal with his sudden death. But, I BELIEVE his life-force is still here, always around me, and when he wants to talk, he pops in on me in my dreams.

Really makes ya think, and I wish I could share these encounters so you would believe me. But, that's the amazing thing about life; some things are unexplainable.

DC

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  1. Bradyn2468

I can not thank you enough for this sermon.
This coming Sunday (November 12th) would have been the day my best friend turned 19 had he not died in an explosion two years ago, I have been in a bad place mentally since then but this has helped me...

I can not thank you enough for this sermon.
This coming Sunday (November 12th) would have been the day my best friend turned 19 had he not died in an explosion two years ago, I have been in a bad place mentally since then but this has helped me today. I admit I have not been active in the temple for a long time now, not even finding the time to read through it but recently have felt drawn back, and here I find myself reading the perfect sermon to aid how I have been feeling.

The force is truly amazing.

Once again, thank you.

May The Force Be With You.

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