Friday, April 26, 2013

Not Forgotten...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about how I prayed God would help me.  Especially, since I found out the day before the funeral that V's children wanted me to officiate at her funeral service.

As I mentioned previously, I knew I was going to give a eulogy.  I already had it written, prior to attending the funeral home on Tuesday.  Just so you know, I use what I have written as notes, and do not actually read what I've written.

Then, I sang Twila Paris' song Not Forgotten.  A capella, of course (meaning... without music or instrument)!

This was not the first time I sang this song at a funeral. 

In 2011, I sang it at another friend's funeral.  Here is a LINK to the entry I posted June 2, 2011 regarding my friend Wanda's funeral, where you'll find the lyrics and a Youtube link, so you can listen to it, if you like.

Since it's a beautiful song, and so fitting for those left behind, who will grieve, I thought it was appropriate. 

After all, V is in heaven.  She is no longer suffering.

It is us, who are left behind, who need to cling to our Lord.  And, while some may grieve more and harder than others, the truth is... we are not forgotten.

It was nice that one of V's grandchildren spoke to the rather large group of people.  Others wanted to do the same, but felt they couldn't, so a woman I hadn't met before approached the podium and read what the loving group had written.

When I returned to speak, I read Bible verses.  And, talked about salvation, giving a gospel message.  This is something I do whenever I speak, usually while giving a eulogy, at someone's funeral.

There had to be someone there who needed to hear the gospel message.  It's safe to say that not everyone in attendance was saved. 

I planted those seeds for Christ.  And, I am trusting God to water them, so that many will realize they need to come to Jesus, and become saved, obtaining salvation.

After all, we were told in Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

As I said, I was obedient to God and preached the gospel.  Everyone needs to know the way of salvation is by trusting in Jesus Christ, and in Him, alone.  As God's Word tells us, we are saved by grace, through faith, in Christ.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

I praise God for giving us His Word, to enable us to do His work.

And, I am thankful that He helped me, throughout the service.  Both, at the funeral home, and at the cemetery.

Until next time...

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