We had the opportunity last evening to share in a memorial service for one of our pastors who had died about two months ago. Pastor John had not been feeling well last fall. He went to his doctor who did a series of tests. The results came back acute leukemia. He was told that he had about six weeks to live. Most would call it a great tragedy by any measure. Not so with Pastor John. He knew that the Christ had been with him throughout his life, and would certainly not leave him in such a time as this. Pastor John spent those last weeks, along with his dear wife, preparing himself, his family, and his people for this time of transition we call death. The Lord who had never left or forsaken him in all of his years would not forsake him now. Nor would He forsake any of the people he loved. And so it has been. John stepped over into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the depth of His peace. The service we shared was a service of joy and life. We will miss the personal fellowship with John, but we live in the certainty that even death cannot separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is the hope of a Christian. Life and strength for today, and the assurance of a life with Christ that knows no end.