by Jeff Strite

Funeral for a Builder
Jeff Strite
1 Corinthians 3:9-13

You are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. I Corinthians 3:9-13


Shortly before his death, I had the honor of getting to know Roger. He was bedbound and robbed of much of his reasoning by Alzheimer's. But when he talked with me I could still sense the cleverness of his mind. I heard the humor in his voice and the sharpness of his thoughts
This was a man that intended to fight against this disease to the very end.

As his wife showed me around the house, I realized Roger was a very talented man with a number of interesting and widespread interests. The house was filled with works of art he had painted. Radios and other collectables that he had displayed. Cabinets and a quilt rack he had built especially for his wife.

But most impressive was the fact that he'd added on more than half of the building by himself. The roof leaked, so he decided it would just be easier to add on a 2nd story to the house. And he designed a special room for his wife to make and display her quilts. It's a beautiful house. It is the handiwork of a man who loved what he was doing.

And the odd thing was that he didn't work from blueprints. He merely visualized what had to be done… and then he did it. In fact, he rarely measured the wood he cut, and he used a level only as a close approximation of what needed to be done. As long as the bubble was close… he was satisfied.
This drove his son-in-law Mark ...

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