Funeral Service (9 of 13) by Christopher Harbin

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Funeral Service (9 of 13)
Series: Funeral Resources
Chris Harbin
Hebrews 12:1-6


Robert Dell Thompson

I first met Robbie and Lisa in 2003 while they were engaged. In May of that year, I officiated at their wedding here in this sanctuary. At the time I did not know that Robbie had been through one surgery for melanoma. He did enter one's life as a victim or survivor. He entered the room with a sense of assurance and an easy-going presence. As family described him, Robbie's presence filled a room.

We gather here today in honor of this man and with respect for the many lives he touched with his presence, counsel, and wisdom. Though for many he might come across as hard or in-control, many knew that underneath beat a heart of gold, and deep sensitivity for others. We gather today to grieve the fact that Robbie is no longer here. His death leaves a hole in the lives of many. His strength of presence and expressions of care will be sorely missed. We do not grieve for Robbie, however, we grieve for our own loss with his passing.

We will grieve the unfulfilled dreams, the loss of further opportunities to share with Robbie a walk on the farm, a meal as family, a day at the races, and the touch of Robbie's presence. Grief is a very personal matter. While it sounds selfish, it is the reality of our own loss which evokes our turmoil, anger, pain, and tears. With Robbie's death, we have suffered loss, so we gather together to remember how he impacted our lives, in order that we might release him into God's care.

Robbie was always thinking about others. Even in these last months battling cancer, he did not focus on his own ills. ''I don't have it nearly as bad as Cindy. She has to get the kids up, dressed, and off to school.'' In response to discussions about staying with him during his illness, he would say, ''Don't y'all worry yourselves out.'' When tumors were found in his brain, his concern was, ''I don't know what's going to happen to Lisa.'' Robbie wante ...


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