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The Memorial Service For My Mom

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 118 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 12 minutes 57 calories burned

We left Friday night and headed for Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. We stayed at my sister's time share. Nine others stayed at a place we dubbed "The Mansion." My niece was allowed to use it because the company she works for, uses it. It had rooms with studio couches and a chair in them, a hook-up for computers and books to read near dormer windows. It had a huge room with a kitchen, kitchen island, leather rocking chair, sectional sofa, a TV on the wall, a large dining room table and chairs in an area beyond the seating and French doors that opened onto a huge deck. There was a hot tub and bedrooms and bathrooms. On the lower level there were bedrooms, another kitchen, a room with a pool table in it, laundry room and I really don't know what all was in it. It was across the road from a small lake where ducks floated on the water. I would have never thought that I would get to travel and stay in such luxury paid for by others, but we did this weekend.

My sister fixed bean soup and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner for everyone last night and my nephew's wife made two breakfast casseroles for everyone this morning with raisin bread or toast. We had a bedroom in the bottom of the time share with its own bathroom and jacuzzi.

We were the first to get to the cemetery for the memorial service and went to see Dad's grave and where Mom will be buried next to him. It was the first time my son ever saw where his grandfather was buried.

My husband conducted the service for my mother. He prayed, we sang How Great Thou Art and I had written this for him to read:

We are gathered here today to remember Betty. It is also time to think about our own mortality. With ebola and terrorism in America, I wanted to tell the gospel to you because none of us know when we will die.

Each of us is a sinner. When God gave the 10 Commandments to Moses, those commandments would show us that we are sinners in need of the Saviour.

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Have you ever disobeyed your parents? I know I have. If you answered, “Yes,” God sees us as disobedient children.

Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

Have you ever taken something that didn't belong to you? I have. If you answered, “Yes,” God sees us as thieves.

Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

If we stole, we are guilty of breaking this commandment too because we coveted what didn't belong to us or we would not have taken it. This makes us covetous in the sight of God.

James_2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

We may not have killed anyone, but the Scripture says we are guilty of breaking all of the commandments because we have offended in one point.
We see that we have sinned and disobeyed God.

God is Holy and He is Perfect. His standard is perfection. We see that we are ungodly, sinful and disobedient to God. God's justice demands that He must punish sin and He does. People die and go to hell for their sins.

Romans_6:23 For the wages of sin is death

John_3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John_3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Our sins have condemned us, the wrath of God is upon us as unbelievers.

How do we as sinners come before a Holy, Just God. How can we go to heaven and be with God? We see in the Bible in

Proverbs_20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

We need a Substitute, one that can meet the demands of God's Perfection and His wrath against sin. Jesus is that One. He lived a life without sin, He met the demands for Perfection for us. Not only that, He took the penalty for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. My sins were laid on Jesus at Calvary. All the sins I have committed and will ever commit were put on Him. He suffered for them. He had a crown of thorns placed on His Head, He was beaten with a whip that tore the flesh from His Back with every stroke. Scholars say the whips had divided strips of leather on the ends of them where pieces of bone or metal were placed with the design to rip into the flesh. He was mocked and spat upon. He died satisfying the wages that sin pays-the wages of sin is death. He suffered God's Wrath against sin for me. He was laid in a tomb for three days and three nights and arose from the dead.

Why did He rise from the dead? He had no sin of His Own, yet He paid in full for each sin of those He died for. We receive His atonement for our sins by faith. By believing He did that for “MY” sins. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We either receive His atonement by faith, by believing and trusting that He paid it all for our sin, or we will go to hell to be punished for them. Romans_6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans_8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. God puts the Holy Spirit in His people. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

There has to be payment made for sin or else it will be punished. My punishment was laid on my Saviour 1Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Gal_2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

How is it with you today? My prayer is that you will repent of your sins and trust in Jesus Christ and be forgiven of your sin.

God's mercy and grace came to this poor sinner through
the precious shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!

My husband didn't read it! He said we need to think about our own mortality, there is a Saviour and we have to trust in His death at Calvary for our sins. We must beleive Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. My husband said he was finished and after that, people told about things that happened involving my Mom and Dad. Even the man that owns the cemetery said something.

A big surprise for us was when a local man that owned a bait house on Deep Creek Lake came in. You could go to the bait house in your boat, put gasoline in your boat from docks he had in the water, buy bait and go on your way. He retired many years ago and auctioned off everything pertaining to the bait house. My nephew wanted the sign, "Johnny's Bait House" and here was the man behind the business. My nephew was so glad to get to meet him. I suppose Johnny is in his 80's or beyond.

Johnny was worried that he wouldn't know what to say to us, the daughters of the game warden that patrolled Deep Creek Lake. Two of my cousins were there and I haven't seen them for probably 25 years or longer. Twenty-one people came to the chapel in the cemetery and there were three rows of seven chairs lined up. Isn't it amazing that there were enough chairs for every person in attendance?

Someone sent a basket of flowers and I brought them home with me. We left there and went to the cemetery where my brother is buried near my grandparents. Then we left to come back home.

Autumn Glory was going on in the town of Oakland and they have a parade every year. We didn't go to the parade on Saturday. It is a tradition that many restaurants serve a turkey dinner with all the fixings at Autumn Glory. On the way home, our son treated my husband and I to a buffet turkey dinner, dessert and coffee.

We got home about 6 PM. The clothes are unpacked and put away and a load of wash is in the washer. We took Princess for a walk and it is a little after 7 PM.

I was delighted at how things went. My sister put her computer up front and ran pictures of Mom on it for everyone to look at. Mom made an impression on a lot of people, but being 91 when she died, she had outlived most of those she knew.
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