Saturday, November 21, 2009
Our Blessed Hope
Yesterday, Vern and I had the privilege of going to a funeral. Now, I know most people wouldn't think a funeral would be privilege, but this one was. We went to a great lady's send-off.
The church was packed! There were testimonials read about the impact she had on so many others during her 'short life'. Children who have grown up are now carrying on the work she started many years ago. She was a wife for over 50 years, a mother of 3 beautiful children, and grandmother to 8. She, and her husband, were missionaries in Germany, and then they pastored the Plevna church for 23 years before they retired.
Her daughter spoke about their family life. She said her mother was a 'loving, stubborn, praying mother'. She loved to laugh, but also knew when to be serious.
She had many physical limitations, such as blindness, a serious heart condition, and a circulatory problems, but she didn't let it stop her. Her energy level was limited by her conditions, but she was always ready to help others, and do 'her part' in different projects.
She has one son who is a missionary in Kenya, so her work is being carried on.
Her oldest granddaughter is finishing up her Master's in a cardio program. She wants to be able to help other people with heart problems, because of her grandmother's encouragement.
Because of her, many people have the Blessed Hope of eternal life with their Savior!
It was a privilege to know her! She made me feel very welcome in the family, because I was the 2nd Linda Goossen!
God bless your heritage! We will miss you, but we will see you again!