by Jeff Strite

Elderly Woman's Funeral
Jeff Strite
Psalm 147

OPEN: In a VBS a new boy was brought into the room to join the others in a closing ceremony. The teacher, noticing that the little boy had only one hand, was concerned how the other children would embarrass him.
But it got really embarrassing as she said to the children "Now, let's all build our churches. Put your hands together now, here is the church, here is the steeple . . . . "
Suddenly, she was aware that she had done just what she feared the children would do.
But after a moment of awkward silence, a little girl seated next to the boy with one hand held hers up and said, "Here, let's build the church together."

In Psalm 147:3 we're told that God "heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
The prophet Isaiah declared that when Jesus came He would "preach good news to the poor... bind up the brokenhearted... proclaim freedom for the captives and release prisoners from darkness... comfort all who mourn... and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

And Jesus said "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Sunday November 13th 1977 Marie was baptized into Christ by her preacher.

Now, Marie was the kind of person Jesus came to die for. She was a woman that had been wounded for much of life. She was filled with pain and sadness
Life had not been kind to her.
She was not the kind of person that would fit into some churches because she had been damaged for years.

Now Marie could have found SOME comfort somewhere other than church.
For example, she did find a lot of comfort in her dogs.
They were faithful and loving... they asked for very little and they gave her so much.

I remember when she 1st went to the Nursing Home and she constantly worried ...

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