TITLE: A Fine Farewell
DATE: May 22, 2019
TEXT: Romans 14:8 - (ESV) - 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
Yesterday I went to the funeral of a dear old lady who was special to me.
She had been a Christian not just in name, but also in the way she lived her life.
If you can judge a person’s popularity by the number of trips the florists had to make, you would be forced to admit this lady was special to a great many. The funeral home was positively lined with potted plants and bouquets of fresh-cut flowers.
Along with the memorial flowers there was a steady procession of people lined up to say earthly "farewells" and words of comfort to the family left behind.
None of what I’ve described so far makes the funeral memorable. Even so, there was one line which came out of her service which I shall always remember.
During the course of a fine funeral message, the pastor said, “This lady came into the world crying while those around her were smiling; she went out of the world smiling while those around her were crying." Now I know it wasn’t an original idea with that pastor… but in this case he used the expression in a most appropriate manner.
All of which set me to wondering, “What will they say about me after I’m gone?”
I suppose the answer to those questions depends on the mourner we’re talking about.
Still, when all is said and done, the only opinion that is going to count; the only important words which will be said, will come from the mouth of the Lord.
So, what will be said about each of us on the day we meet the Savior face-to-face?
I pray all of us may hear Him say… ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, the day is coming when I will leave behind those who are close to me; those who are loved by me. For many people that is a frightening thought. For me, because of Jesus, my dying will be a cause for rejoicing. I will at that moment be standing before my Savior, my Redeemer, my Brother, my Friend. In His Name. Amen.
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html