Since putting an entry about writing a eulogy, I’ve received many Google-type requests for scriptures to use in a eulogy. Here are the ones which I like to use. They are standard because they speak of the hope of the resurrection which has been promised to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
The translation that we at Special Gathering use is The New Century Version. Special Gathering is a ministry within the mentally challenged community. We minister to people who are developmentally disabled but who have many of the same problems and concerns of any other adult. Our mission is to evangelize and disciple people who are intellectually delayed.
In addition to these scripture, I also like to include Psalm 23 because of the great comfort it brings to the family and friends.
II Corinthians 5:1-5 and 9
We know that these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrections bodies in heaven–God-made, not homemade–and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move–and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our harts so that we’ll never settle for less.
But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions.
I Thessalonians 4:13-20
Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about those people who have died. We don’t want you to be sad like other people–people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died. But we believe that Jesus rose again. So, because of Jesus, God will bring together with Jesus those people who have died. What we tell you now is the Lord’s own message. We who are living now might still be living when the Lord comes again. We who are living at that time will be with the Lord, but not before those people who have already died. The Lord himself will come down from heaven. There will be a loud command. The command will be given with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. And the people who have died and were in Christ will rise first. After that, we people who are still alive at that time will be gathered up with those people who have died. We will be taken up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. So comfort each other with these words.