I wrote this for the funeral service

The passing of a Friend, by Britton Sharp
In times like this I find myself envious of those who mourn in the far east. For there, the mourning process isn’t expedited. It is a lengthy process.
One of the things that happens during this mourning process is that there is a certain prayer said daily. It is said by those who lost someone they loved. It is to be prayed every day for a year, and is not to be prayed alone but with someone who joins you in the process. This prayer is called the Mourner’s Kaddish.
It is help the mourners through their pain. It is to be said when the words may not be believed. The hope is that one day they will be believed again. When the pain lessens, for it will not go away, but when it lessens, the truths of the prayer will continue to shape our lives.
I loved Gavin.
He was a friend, a brother.
He passing is so hard.
It is hard because Gavin’s life was one of faith and beauty and it affected the lives of all those around him.
The depth of our pain is directly proportionate to the amount that we loved him and he loved us.
My pain is deep.
It is deep because Gavin was used greatly by God in my life.
Gavin loved us well, because Gavin loved Jesus.
Gavin glimpsed what GRACE truly is. It impacted him so much that he could not contain it. The love that he saw in Christ overflowed and washed over all of us that surrounded Gavin.
Gavin would constantly ask me what he could do for me. He gave so sacrificially, encouraged freely, and loved without abandon, never expecting anything in return.
Gavin showed me Jesus and brought life to my life when times were hard. ….
He still continues to do so.
Because even in these dark days, when I feel like I am falling in the depths of sorrow, the light of Jesus, that is so practically seen in Gavin’s life pierces the shadows.
I will not remember Gavin’s life by it’s tragic ending. I will remember Gavin’s life by the man of God that He was.
He was loyal
Annoyed the far out of me.
A servant
A friend
A brother.
An encourager
A bringer of life
A shepherd
A giver
An earthly picture of how Jesus loved me.
The pain is deep. It is often hard to take the next step. But I know that Gavin would say the Mourners Kaddish with me. Because he would walk with me, as a friend, having faith when mine is shaken. Encouraging me to take the next step.
For me the Mourners Kaddish is the Lord’s prayer.
So simple, yet so hard to believe right now.
Gavin loved us all deeply. He would encourage us to keep going.
So may we walk this road together.
May we lift each other up when our faith is frail.
May we come alongside each other when we fall.
Gavin we love you and we will miss you deeply.
May we pray together.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.

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