• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 16, 2021

Daily Reading: II Chronicles 21-24

II Chronicles 21:20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

Jehoram was a king. He was the singular king of Judah for only eight years (some believe he co-reigned with his father Jehoshaphat for four years). He died at forty years old and the Bible states that he departed without being desired.

Throughout the years of being a pastor I have preached many funerals. One time I attended a funeral of the father of a man in my church. As I walked up to the gravesite, as it was only a graveside service, the funeral director approached me asking if I was the preacher for the service. I said "No, I'm just here to support a member of my church as the deceased was his father." I then walked over to the man I knew to extend my condolences. He extended his hand and said "Preacher, I'm so glad you are here to speak at my dad's funeral." It then dawned on me...I am supposed to preach this funeral.

In attendance was the man of my church, the funeral director, and me. That's all. One person attended this man's funeral, a man I have never met, that one person, his son, had been estranged from him for many years. It was just sad. He died without being desired.

From time to time I have a service like the one described above. I'm always struck with the sad thought of someone's life has ended and no one cares, or very few. Yet in the sadness there is a constant refrain of a reminder to live life in such a way that when gone, others miss you. Not to cause others pain of mourning, but that by being such an integral and positive influence in their life you are missed. Yes, live life for the help and betterment of others and in your passing it will not be said that you departed without being desired. You will leave a testimony, a mark, a heritage, a memory, a positive impact on someone, or on many individuals. Jehoram didn't, the man who had only one person show up for his funeral didn't, but you can.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ, and others, today.

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