by Jerry Watts

Funeral Service
Jerry Watts
Psalm 23

James, the half-brother of our Lord Jesus, writes in 4:14, ''What is your life? It is but a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.'' Another writer has written these words: ''Only one life so soon it will pass.''

For those who knew ________, they would say this is a hard truth. The ___ I knew was a gentle spirit, a kind woman, and a Christian lady. She made me glad to be called 'her pastor.' Times with her were always refreshing and encouraging.

Today's service reminds of the truth that life is fleeting. These bodies, which we think are so vital and strong are really fragile and frail, and will all too soon, fail. We don't understand the rhyme, reason, or timing, but walking through this valley is part of our humanity.

Since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose sin over God, the corruption of sin has permeated this race we call human. The result of sin is always the same - it is death. Adam and Eve were originally designed to live forever, but with sin came the sentence of death. The Bible still says, ''The compensation of sin is death.''

Yet it is at times like these, when we come with heartache about the death of a loved one, that perhaps our questioning becomes more passionate?

Yet, Bible tells us--it's not for us to know why. 1 Corinthians tells us that today we know only in part. This is because we have a finite mind. We cannot understand the infinite or the eternal with our minds.

Today, our trust must be in God. ________'s trust was firmly placed in God because one day, she invited Jesus into her life to forgive her sin, connect her with the Father, and give her a home in heaven.

She loved her church, but her church didn't save her. She loved her church family, but her church family didn't save her. She loved her friends, but they didn't save her. She loved her Pastor, but he didn't save her. What saved her from an eternity of punishment and for eternal life in h ...

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