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Elderly Christian Father

Psalm 23:6

"Your husband, Father meant much more to you
Than words can ever say.
And those who know you realize
The loss you bear today.

But made it somehow comfort you
Throughout the days to be
To know your dear one will live on
In heaven for all eternity
-- Source Unknown

Words never come easily when we share the sorrow of a family and try to describe the memory of a cherished friend.
Brother (name) has written his own epitaph before our eyes.
We cannot think of this Christian friend without thinking of his family.
His family was the pride of his life.

Blessed is that man whose steps honor the Lord, whose family honors him,
whose neighbors believe in him, whose friends respect him -- and all who knew him will greatly miss him.
The lingering influence of his life points us to the glorious sunrise of his entrance into heaven.

"This old life is filled with sorrows,
Filled with heartaches, pains and fears
Here we have our disappointments,
Cheeks are lined with bitter tears.

But our Father, God in heaven,
Longs to help us overcome,
Then when this short life is ended,
He will take us safely home
-- Source Unknown

Jesus stood by the grave of Lazarus and cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." (John 11: 43)
Then, He instructed those who stood by to loose him from the burial clothes.

On Monday, Jesus stood by the bed of this saint of God and called him forth.
And our Lord with compassionate mercy, quietly, but with divine authority,instructed His angels to come
and loose Brother (name), and bring him home.

And God has promised that when we go home to Him, He shall wipe away all tears from our eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither shall there be any more pain." (Revelation 21: 4)

It is human for us to sorrow over the separation that has come, but our Lord provides divine comfort
of which Brother (name) is now enjoying.

So, the comfort that abides with us, the hope, which helps us more than any other,
is the fact that the Lord is in this experience with us.

He cares!
This is the real reason we can go on!

"We are but travelers on earth.
We are not here to stay.
We're traveling to a land where God
Shall wipe all tears away.

So weary pilgrim, don't despair;
Look up with courage bright,
You'll find the Master standing near,
To guide you through the night.

Let us reach up and grasp His hand.
He is the Truth -- the Way;
And He will lead our faltering steps
To life's eternal day.

Then, as we enter heaven's door,
All cares and burdens past,
We shall be travelers no more --
We shall be home at last
-- Source Unknown

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives
and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever

Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
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