Transience and eternity. These two words best describe the atmosphere of today's ceremony in which we want to remember all those who have departed, not just our loved ones, but also those who no one remembers.
The passing of those born long ago, also raises the memory of all those events which belong to the past. It also is the memory of all the people which we have met in our lives. Transience must also engender those thoughts for we will always belong to the past.
"A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night."
And if we relive this day in this perspective, it is in fact a sad day. But, if we add to this passing, the reality of eternity--it will look completely different.
What is eternity? What we Christians know is, there is hope, but it is also the way of the unknown. This must teach us first to trust in God.
Therefore, the word of Christ should be for each of us not only a promise but something in which we believe.
"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you." "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."
Everyone whom we remember today are in the hands of God. They belong to God in whose company they are safe, and there God is waiting to meet us.
We must be mindfully aware of our passing and our eternity coming in each new day, with hope to meet with them. Above all, let us not stop and lose sight of our ultimate goal.
Today and always through prayer and faith, let us renew our connections with those who have gone before us, who lead and sustain us. Today and always we should renew our connection with God, who is waiting for us more than we are waiting for Him.