Thursday, June 10, 2010

Service for Henry

The service Saturday for Henry Granju was beautful and moving. Hundreds of people were there, and the altar was literally covered in early summer flowers. Henry's father gave a wonderful remembrance that helped everyone understand what made Henry so special. A cousin sang Forever Young by Bob Dylan, and the whole church sang Let It Be while holding lighted candles. We took communion. I don't think there was a dry eye in the place.

Although it was terribly sad--and I grieve in particular for Henry's parents--the service was also a celebration of Henry: a talented, beautiful boy whose family plainly adored him and lost him way too soon. It was also a celebration of the strength and grace of Henry's family. I'm hopeful that their love for one another will help sustain them in this dark time.

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