The Final Roll Call
“It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2-3)
Today’s Morsel: If you have ever been to a military funeral in a military Chapel where a service member is killed or died while on active duty, during the service the First Sergeant of the unit will do a roll call of its members and they will each respond with, “Here, First Sergeant” if they are present. However, when the deceased soldier's name is called, and there is no answer, the First Sergeant will call it again the second time. If there is no answer, he will do it the third time. But this time, he adds the service member's Social Security Number because he wants everyone to know who he is calling for. When there is no answer the third time, “Taps” will begin to be blown by the bugler. These are somber and heart-wrenching moments because all the soldiers know that their comrade is missing. Solomon said that it is better to go to a funeral than a party. The funeral will hopefully give you a wakeup call to ask yourself if you are ready for that day yourself. None of us know when it will be, we all need to be ready.
Sing: For above all else, I must be saved. For above all else, I must be saved. Lord whatever You have to do to me, don’t let me be lost for eternity. For above all else I must be saved.
Thought For Today: Sorrow is better than laughter.