by Christopher Harbin

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Chris Harbin
Proverbs 31:10-31; John 3:16; 1st Corinthians 13

Rachel Ranson: Example and Witness

I did not have the privilege of knowing Rachel prior to the onset of Alzheimer's. Having only been here for one Rachel's final year of life on earth, I did not have the experience of seeing the example and witness in Rachel that so many of you have shared with me. Though I did not get to know her as you have known her, she has left a legacy in the lives of many who have shared the stories of Rachel's example and witness to God's love.

Her love for God was evident even in her latter years. Of late, she would ask who I was a dozen times a visit. When I brought communion one Sunday, however, she was able to focus through the entire visit, knowing who I was and why I was there. Her relationship with God was constant through the turmoil of Alzheimer's.

Rachel loved to read her Bible. She took it upon herself to read her Bible through on various occasions, making notes of her progress on its pages and index cards taped inside its covers. The margin notes in her Bible tell the story of which passages were preached from this pulpit over several decades. Her Bible contains a record of other things as well. It is a record of many aspects of Rachel's life and identity.

Mary Edith handed me a slip of paper that fell out of her Bible. I found another copy within its pages as well. It tells the story of Rachel being a woman of prayer. It tells the story of how she prayed for her family and friends.

''I Said A Prayer For You Today''

I said a prayer for you today and know God must have heard.

I felt the answer in my heart, although He spoke no word.

I didn't ask for wealth of fame (I knew you wouldn't mind).

I ask Him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind!

I ask that He'd be near you at the start of each new day

To grant you health and blessing and friends to share your way!

I asked f ...

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