Wisdom Wednesday

Phil 1.21B

Philippians 1:21 (ESV)
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

It’s Wisdom Wednesday and today’s is a little different.

Yesterday, I was blessed to attend  “A Service of Death and Resurection” in honor of a friend’s life, mission and ministry at an United Methodist Church.

She was one of those friends who you don’t see that often but you exchange Christmas cards, Face Book comments, and when you do connect, you just pick up right where you left off.

It seems too soon for she was only 59. My friend loved the Lord, loved her family, loved people with a huge heart of compassion. She was like Jesus and demonstrated that love with action. She had this huge desire to help and bring comfort to others.

The service was all about Jesus and my friend. After all, it was a service in honor of her life, mission and ministry in the Name of Jesus and for His glory! We were able to laugh through tears as stories were told of family, her care of oncology patients as a clinical nurse specialist, her love and care of the elderly as a parish nurse, and as a hospice nurse, and…and….and.

She was a special lady and while 59 years seems way too young, the Lord admonishes us in Psalm 90:12 that we should “number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
I thank God that my friend had a “heart of wisdom” and lived the days she was granted with a heart of wisdom as she walked in the mission and ministry God had assigned.

There is quote that says something similar to: “The problem is not in dying, the problem is in not being prepared (ready) to die.” My friend was ready to be in the presence of the Lord. Her mouth, heart, and actions gave witness to such and this enabled the service to be one of celebration and thanksgiving. It was filled with The Word and selected music that she and her family loved.

We prayed together:
O God, who gave us birth: You are ever more ready to hear than we are to pray.  You know our needs before we ask, and our ignorance in asking.  Give to us now your grace, that as we shrink before the mystery of death, we may see the light of eternity.  Speak to us once more your solemn message of life and of death. Help us to live as those who are prepared to die.  And when our days here are accomplished, enable us to die as those who go forth to live; so that living or dying, our life may be in You, and that nothing in life or in death will be able to separate us from Your great love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

We sung the following song which I had never heard before…
but full of truth, encouragement, and comfort.

You are Mine (David Haas)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgm9lkTNQmc

My friend had recently heard the song Blessings by Laura Story and was so blessed that she shared it with all her family and friends. I had recently shared with my husband how much I liked the story because it speaks of the reality of life…and now, that is true all the more.

Blessings (Laura Story)
https://youtu.be/XQan9L3yXjc

An host of nurses were present and through love, tears, and honor presented “The Nightingale Prayer” which spoke of her friendship and ministry of helps as a nurse to make our community healthier, more peaceful, and loving.

We did not say good-bye for most of us are confident that we shall see her again on the other side when we shall see our Savior face to face and see Him as He is. We are confident not because of all the works that Julie did while here but because she was prepared. Jesus was her Lord and Savior. She had been washed by the blood of the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.

We sung “God Be With You till We Meet Again” and dismissed with “Shalom to You.” So thankful that God allowed me to be present at her last church service.

What a celebration…
BUT only the beginning for  1 Corinthians 2:9 declares:
“But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him””

Her husband, son, mother, sisters and a host of other family and friends will need our prayers and encouragement. The Lord tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:4 that He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. Blessed Be His Holy Name!

I give Him all praise for the privilege of knowing my friend, His child and for binding our hearts by His Spirit and  exalt the Name of Jesus who gave His life so my friend and all who will believe and receive His finished work on the cross and His victory over the grave will spend eternity with Him!

Are you prepared to die?
If not please click here, To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

 

1 Cor 2.9

Images: Pinterest

You are Mine (David Haas)
I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am here

I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me

Chorus:
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
And all will know My name

Chorus:
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am the Word that leads all to freedom
I am the peace the world cannot give
I will call your name, embracing all your pain
Stand up, now, walk, and live

Chorus:
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

7 thoughts on “Wisdom Wednesday

  1. I’m sorry for your loss and yet understand the joy in knowing she was prepared. Thank you for sharing the beautiful music. “Blessings” is one of my favorites, and I needed the reminder right now. God bless.

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    1. Blessings today and thanks much! My friend will surely be missed by many but we have the blessed assurance of seeing her again so today I am singing “When We All Get to Heaven.” Thanks so much for sharing and the encouragement. So thankful that God sent the reminder you needed. God’s blessings upon ya!

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  2. I am sorry for your loss of your dearly loved friend. It is such a blessed relief to know that the ones we love, love Jesus and know Him. Losing a friend or family member hurts. I know that too well. But I look forward to the day I will see them again because I know what lay ahead for those who know and love Jesus! Praise Jesus!!!

    Praying blessings of peace and comfort over you and Julie’s family.

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