What a weak! (not misspelled)

Interesting how in ministry things seem to run in cycles.  Like this week, we did 3 funerals, two weddings, and preached on Sunday or course.  Plus other odds and ends jobs.  It seems like when it rains it pours doesn’t it. Needless to say so far this week has been emotionally and physically weakening.  But spiritually, it probably gave me a much needed boost.

One of the funerals really stood out in my mind.  It was for a deal old saint of the church named Mary.

Mary was one of the first people that Tammy and I met when we came to Abundant Life in Alton, Illinois.  She was at that time a greater, she obviously loved the Lord and the church.  She was always a lady and always had a smile on her face.  She hasn’t been able to be at the church in quite some time due to age and sickness that seem to go hand in hand.  But all of us Pastors on staff knew that spiritually she was right beside us every step of the way.  She was a prayer warrior.  We need to have people like that in the church to spiritually hold up our hands when we are week.

Whenever I was preparing the sermon for the funeral I called one of Mary’s dear friends and asked if there was a favorite scripture that Mary had that we could share in the service.  She directed me to a passage in Revelation that Mary loved that talked about a door being open that no man can shut.

At first I was a little puzzled about how I could use that passage in a funeral message.  but if you look further into that passage the message is clear.

The verse is found in Revelation 3:18 which says;

I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can
shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have
not denied my name. 

You see, as all of us do, when Mary was at the worse part of her illness there were days when she didn’t understand what God was up too.  she was physically, emotionally and spiritually weak.  Yet even in those times she remained faithful to the word of God and faithful to his name.  (In other words, she didn’t give God a bad name by calling herself a Christian).  She stood strong in her weakness because she wasn’t standing on her own strength, and she believed beyond her own doubts that God knew best.It’s a pretty amazing thing to see such a powerful testimony at work. 

Mary will be missed greatly, but the legacy of a life that was lived in God’s strength will carry on for eternity.
 
  

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~ by pastormikeadams on May 29, 2008.

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