Not long ago I attended the funeral of a friend of mine. He was a neighbor, fellow church member, and a retired pastor. He was God’s called man and he exemplified this in all of his actions and words.
On the day of his funeral I witnessed one of the most impressing features about a family that could be given. His family members, and friends, did not see this day as a day of mourning but a day of rejoicing because their husband and dad had gone home to be with the Lord.
Being a close knit family and a very talented one, his children were able to participate in the service through their musical and oratory skills. His daughter played the piano and her husband led the music. One of his sons played the trumpet and another son spoke to the audience about the life and times of his dad. His grandchildren participated in the service through song and reading verses from the Bible. It was anything but a sad day and the many that were in attendance appreciated the way the service was handled.
This earthly father left behind a family that loved him very much and admired him for the way he lived his life on earth. They praised him through their musical talents and spoken words because he was the spiritual leader and the Lord was in charge of this home. These family members exemplified the Christian upbringing and home life that were provided by their earthly parents.
When the Lord calls us to be with Him, what are our children and family members going to say about us? Did we do the work of the Lord on earth? Did we raise our children the way the Bible tells us to?
It is a shame that many in our society of today has gotten away from the biblical teachings and words that Jesus provides for us. It seems that the longer the Lord allows me to be on this earth the more this world shuns the teaching of our Lord and Savior. It has become a society of people wanting their ideas and ideals to become the norm instead of going to their knees and asking the Lord for guidance.This has hurt the family unit and when the family unit is not intact, then everything else is going to suffer. This is being proven over and over through our school systems, government agencies, industries, and more.
In Acts 10:2 we read about a man named Cornelius. “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.”
This could also be said about my friend. His children are in Christian vocations and his wife of many years is a godly woman. As his son spoke about his dad, he stated that he was the light of the family and the flame never flickered. Through his wisdom and love for his family and anyone that knew him, his light will never fade away. We need more men and families like this one.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the friendship and example of this friend. I pray that his family will continue to be blessed through their service to you. Amen.