I have to be honest with you. I’ve about reached my limit of funerals that I can do. There have been too many this past year. Too many heartaches. Too many broken lives. Too many stories of grief and loss.
I know that my “job” is to give people hope and comfort and I try to do that to the best of my ability. But I think that I am in need of some hope and comfort myself. I have buried several people whom I have been privileged to get close to through my years at the parish. I will be here eighteen years at the end of June. That has given me a long time to know many people.
I think that COVID has been the cause of a lot of this anguish. There are many people I have not been able to see in the hospital because of COVID restrictions. Heck, for that matter, their own spouses were not allowed to be with them as they were dying. That’s just horrible.
So join me, please, in praying for so many who are grieving the loss of loved ones during these very trying times and pray, as well, that this wretched pandemic come to an end soon. With the vaccines rolling out, we have a much better chance than ever of seeing an end to the pandemic and a resumption to “normal” life. It can’t come soon enough if you ask me.