by Stan Coffey

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Memorial Service for a Child
Stan Coffey

Today we gather in loving memory of this six year old young man who went to be with his Lord. We remember the words of the Psalmist as he said, "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." Let us pray.

Today as I was thinking about the service and about this young man, I was thinking that for the time I have known him, the Lord has had His hand on this young man in a very special way. I thought about what Jesus said when the disciples felt that a group of little children were in the way of Jesus' ministry. And they began to shoo the children out of the way. And Jesus rebuked His disciples and He said, "Allow the little children to come unto me for such of the kingdom of heaven."

And in Matthew 18 He said something similar, "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Fat ...

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