Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints…

While passing through Holy Week and Easter, on Low Sunday our family had another passage: the death of my wife’s mother, Ruby Foister.  The photo/video presentation the funeral home put together is below.

The other arrangements are here.

“Saint” is a good term for my mother-in-law. The Scripture quotation in the title–taken from Psalm 116:15–is often used at funerals, but fairly recently I discovered that the conventional interpretation of same is wrong.

The interpretative skunk in this case is N.T. Wright.  Traditionally our ministers interpret “precious” as “dear to heart,” i.e., the Lord welcomes his saints home.  But Wright, in The Resurrection of the Son of God, points out that “precious” means “expensive”, which means that God regards the departure of his saints from the earth as a loss.  This is more in line with the concept of the afterlife as it was presented in the Old Testament; it is also more in line with the way Our Lord reacted to Lazarus’ death (John 11:35) or with the fact that he brought Lazarus back from the dead at all.

In any case we covet your prayers at this time.

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