>Funeral

>Well, we got back from the funeral on Saturday afternoon, I took a nap, then went to work all night Saturday. I had only gotten a 2 hour nap, so I was exhausted during church. Went home at 1pm and slept for four hours in afternoon. The funeral went well. Several people got up to say what they remembered about Mary. Then I got up at the end to read a few verses and close in prayer, but I added something to that. I gave a few of my own memories, some good, some strange, but most funny. I remembered her shopping habits, stamping obsession, and other things. I said that she even roped me into stamping a few times. Here’s a little of what I said:

“I am Mary’s son-in-law. I have been her son-in-law for eleven years. Most of you know that Mary loved rubber-stamping. She had a passion for it. I was talking with my wife about this a few weeks ago, and we realized that she has been doing this for about ten years. But Mary has been stamping longer than that. I don’t know much about stamping techniques, but even I got roped into making cards a few times. From that experience, I can tell you that “stamping” is where you press something onto a blank surface, and leave a mark that other people can see. Mary has been stamping for decades, leaving impressions of herself on almost everyone she met.
She is my mother-in-law, and though we did not always agree, I can say we always loved each other and I am privileged to know her. I can’t wait until I get to heaven and get the chance to know her even better. I know that she is in heaven because she spoke openly of her faith often. She knew that she was a sinner, that Jesus Christ had died on the cross to take her punishment away. She knew that because she had trusted in Him as Savior, that she was now forgiven and could go to heaven on her death. I know that nothing would give her greater joy right now than if one of you, the people she loves, were to trust in Christ with that same faith.”

Then I read Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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