I'd like to welcome those of you who were
closest to __________ in this life: his/her beloved family and
friends. All of you meant so much to _________ and I want you to
know that he/she will always be a part of you. His/her touch,
his/her influence, has helped to mold each of your lives. One of
my favorite scriptures reflects the kind of person he/she was—the
love he/she had for you all: I Corinthians 13:1, 4–8a, 13.
Each of us can testify to the many ways _______
expressed love to us throughout his/her life. He/she was prepared
long ago to meet his/her Maker. He/she never failed to express
his/her strong faith in God, even in the midst of crisis and when
he/she faced moments of pain and discomfort. More than one of us
has marveled at his/her ability to stay cheery and optimistic,
gentle and kind during his/her times of illness.
How did he/she do it? What was his/her secret?
It's a secret that each of us could own if we choose: the secret
of a loving heart firmly centered on his/her Lord, Jesus Christ.
Through eyes of faith, he/she viewed each day as a precious gift,
to be treasured and cherished, celebrated and shared. As a child
of God, he/she placed unwavering trust in his/her Savior, and
consequently knew an inner calm that truly reflected a peace
"not of this world."
Secure in God's love for him/her, he/she could
reflect that love to others—young and old, family, friends, and
new acquaintances. Like little children, we shared our hurts and
sorrows, our joys and laughter with him/her, and he/she took us
all in, with his/her sweet, gentle spirit, into his/her heart of
love, where we felt accepted, cared for, and whole.
Now_______is continuing on with God. He/she has
reached the end of this life, but has only begun a new journey.
I would like to share with you a few select
scriptures from the Bible and then I'll ask you to join with me in
a committal prayer where we will freely acknowledge that _______'s
spirit is in the hands of his/her God and Creator.
Comfort ye. Comfort ye, my people.
Choose the most appropriate scripture(s) for the
John 3:16–17; Job 19:25; II Corinthians 5:17; I Corinthians
15:19, 20, 55, 57; John 11:25; John 14:1–3; John 14:6.