The Talking Dead
The Hebrew writer tells of us ancient Abel who met a violent death at the hand of his own brother. We have scarce information about his life. We know he was son to Adam and Eve, brother to Cain, keeper of flocks and a faithful worshipper of Jehovah. But in that brief resume of his life we have the most important of truths. We have the truth that, according to the Hebrew writer, enables Abel to keep speaking to us today. Abel pleased God by faith. Many others lived longer than Abel…and when they died it wasn’t a violent death at the hand of their own family member. But many other people, being dead, really have nothing to say to us. We are left with only an empty feeling…and a longing that there might have been more. And the never-ness of it brings us pain.
But share with us here…a name…maybe recently gone…or maybe long gone from us…share a name and a line or two of what they are still telling you.