Funeral Service (3 of 13) by Christopher Harbin

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Funeral Service (3 of 13)
Series: Funeral Resources
Chris Harbin
Philippians 3:7-11

Glenn Samuel Martin, Sr.

We pause today to celebrate, to mourn, and to remember. We gather to honor the life of Glenn Samuel Martin, Sr.-a man who filled the roles of husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, farmer, gardener, surveyor, deacon, and many things besides, a man who pressed on.

Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for every purpose under heaven, and this is a time for remembering. It is a time for thinking about Glenn and his investment in our lives. It is also a time for reflecting on our own sense of loss and grief at his passing. We celebrate his life and legacy, rejoicing in his stature, character, and the gift of his love. Our celebration, however, is mingled with the sorrow of our loss. Even as we rejoice that Glenn is in a better place, we grieve that our own lives seem somehow diminished with his passing.

Glenn's was a life of dedication, investment, and hard work. He believed in the value of hard work, with little concern for heat of the day. He did not bother rising early to beat the heat, he just worked through it. Not long back, Glenn needed some help with a farm project. Another man known as a hard worker was contracted to give a hand. After a grueling day's work with Glenn, he reported, ''I'd 'a' hate for him to have been 20 years younger, working me. I don't think I could 'a' took it.''

Hard work was not something he shunned. He took pride in his work. He took pride in raising his dark tobacco. He took pride in tending his garden and making things grow. Glenn ''loved to raise a pile of garden to give away.'' He taught his children and grandchildren the value of work. ''Tend to your business.'' He wanted them to protect the investment of their time, energy, and effort by following through. ''You start something, you're going to finish it.''

From his hospital bed, he spoke of tending to the garden's planting, ma ...

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