One of the questions in the Methodist Blogger Profile series is "What, if anything, do you worry about?" Joel Thomas answered:
Botching funerals. There’s always another week to make up for a bad sermon, but survivors are looking for what the Gospel says about death and resurrection in both meaningful and powerful ways.
How very true. Which is why, over the past few days, I was in my church town (and away from Internet access), tending to a grieving family. It was my first funeral, and it went fine -- at least as far as funerals and episodes of grief can go.