Recently Mary and I, along with an auditorium full of people, attended a memorial service for a 19-year-old woman. She lost her earthly life in the recent Lancaster County, PA flooding.
The service was worshipful and honoring to her, albeit extremely emotional. There is that mixture of sorrow and joy surrounding a time of tragedy like this one, but she and her family loved Jesus and that love was passionately evident during the service.
No one would have thought this beautiful, vibrant and loving teen would have gone to her eternal home this early, too early. No one was prepared for the loss of a life full of joy, love and caring for others. Even her Italian restaurant owners where she found employment shared through tears that her love and care for the other staff was like no employee they’ve ever employed. She was a light to all who knew her.
Besides honoring this lovely young lady, what’s my point? Imagine if this family would have not prepared their daughter for her eternal home. Imagine if they just never got around to sharing and living the truth of the gospel. Imagine if she never heard the life-giving Scriptures and applied them to her walk on earth. And, imagine if she would have chosen to walk a different way than her family taught her.
The greatest gift that you can give your children, a child or those around you is Jesus.