Dear Friends in Christ,

We all know this is a leap year, and today, February 29th, pushes all days forward by one. I’ve chosen this day in Lent to address a matter many do not want to ponder – death. As the saying put forward by Benjamin Franklin reminds us – death and taxes cannot be avoided.

A colleague of mine urges people to “not leave a mess” for family and friends to clean up. The time will come for each of us to leave our earthly bodies and our loved ones behind.

Neatly concealed in the Book of Common Prayer is the following:

The Minister of the Congregation is directed to instruct people, from time to time, about the duty of Christian parents to make prudent provisions for the well-being of their families, and of all persons to make wills, while they are in good health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able, to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses. p. 445.

Lent is an ideal time to get a will. Otherwise, the state of Georgia will determine what happens to your earthly treasures.

When it comes to ecclesiastical matters, I encourage you to make plans for your Celebration of Life while you are able. Select scripture, music, etc. If your choice is cremation, consider being interred in the St. Joseph of Arimathea Memorial Garden. Pick your spot now. Yes, this is all daunting but real. Tending to these details may be one of the greatest gifts you leave behind.

For your convenience, here are links to the Burial Planning Booklet,

St. Joseph of Arimathea Memorial Garden information, and application.

Finally, invest in the future of St. Bart’s by joining The Heirs of Anna and Simeon. There are many options for planned giving.

Don’t leap past this reminder to “make prudent provisions for the well-being” of loved ones.

With prayers for a meaningful Lent,

Mother Angela