Bible passages that focus on life rather than heaven, for a funeral
June 14, 2011 4:48 AM Subscribe
Seeking recommendations for biblical readings for a funeral. It's my granny's funeral on Monday and I have been asked to do a reading, to be inserted into the service from the English book of Common Prayer. Trouble spot: I'm an atheist.
posted by Cantdosleepy to religion & philosophy (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm totally happy to read a passage from the bible – now is not the time to start any kind of a fight or kick up a fuss – but I'd like to choose a passage that focuses on life rather than the afterlife. If I have to talk about heaven then I'll feel like a massive hypocrite.
My family are a mix of catholics and Church of England of varying levels of devotion from pragmatic atheism ( = Christmas services with the family) to weekly worshippers. Granny's religious inclinations extended about as far as carol singing during the time that I knew her – she never talked about faith in any shape.
I'd like something that emphasizes that the person is gone, and that we should celebrate having spent time with them, and think about how we relate to each other in the light of the brevity of life.
The vicar says that John 14 1-6 is very popular, but that is the total opposite of what I want – it focuses on belief in Jesus as a gateway to heaven and says nothing about the life of the person.
If you have non-religious reading suggestions I'd be happy to receive those too. Nothing schmaltzy or giftcardy. Think more Kenyon Commencement than footprints in the sand.
All help much appreciated.