I went to a funeral today.
As I sat in the church listening to the pastor speak about my elderly friend, the words landed on my heart in agreement with what I already knew.
This man had lived his life for God and in service to the people around him.
A constant flow of care from God to him and from him to others, was evident.
Always encouraging, he spoke to me personally many times in appreciation of my efforts.
Speaking regularly in front of the congregation on Sundays, he would inspire those in the pews before him to gather together to help feed the needy in the community.
He gave of his own resources to equip other people as they heard God’s call to service.
As a loving husband, he cared for his ailing wife at home.
Listening to the pastor speak this morning, I learned that even as he was very ill and in the hospital, he was still showing paramount concern for other people.
The tone of the hour was reflective and loving as each person remembered their own experiences with this Christ-like gentleman.
There were tears and, at times, laughter, as his humor was recalled.
A sense of peace and joy could be felt as we sang the lyrics to “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Psalm 23 was printed in the order of service for everyone to read.
Our dear friend had lived his life in a close relationship with God.
That relationship did not end with his death; it simply continued on in a seamless passage from this earth to Heaven, where His Savior was waiting.
Knowing this brings great comfort when it is time to say goodbye…
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.