Eulogies to the Living

29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ (Romans 15).

The word “blessing” here is the word from which we get our word “eulogy,” meaning “a word of praise.” Thus, to come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ” is to come out of an overflow of the Shepherd’s encouragement being spoken into our lives; and to come with the fullness of the blessing of Christ” is to come with His praises being spoken from our lips.

We speak eulogies at funerals to honor the dead, however, the greatest eulogies are spoken from and to the One who rose from the dead—to the One who is alive forevermore. Also, our eulogies to the dead are often embellished out of kindness and deference to those who mourn, however, our eulogies to Jesus have no need for such embellishment—indeed, we can never go too overboard with them.

Lord, we thank You for all the words of praise and encouragement You give to us in our earthly sojourning. Help us This Day to bring words of praise concerning You wherever we go. Amen.