I knew when the day began this would be the day we would say ‘good-bye’ to our friend Gerard; his memorial service was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The church was filled beyond capacity as family and friends came together to honor and celebrate his life. In the midst of that gathering the first snapshot formed in my mind. I saw a team of dedicated men and women coming together to bless and serve, to support and encourage the Zandee family. Some were involved in the memorial service, some served behind the scenes and many helped with the preparation and clean up necessary to make such a gathering happen. Not only did they serve, they did so joyfully. This is the church in action! As I reflected on this snapshot, I realized again how blessed I am to be part of such a church family.
A second snapshot formed as we stood around the graveside; a smaller gathering of family and friends. There was mixed feelings as the realization that both Corrie and Gerard where now both in heaven brought joy but also a sense of sadness. It was in that moment I saw the support and encouragement and hope that we speak into each other’s lives as the church. What a beautiful picture!
A short time later I had the joy of sitting around the dinner table with some of Lia’s family and friends to share a meal together. There was much laughter and joy and as I captured one particular moment, I found myself saying, ‘we were made for this’.
After dinner I joined our Small Group, where we sat around the table and looked again into the Word of God and joined together in prayer. As the study ended we celebrated with John and Katie their 50th Anniversary. Once again there was much laughter and joy and we engaged the hearts of one another and shared life together.
For almost 7 years I have been speaking of the good spirit we enjoy at Valley; we are not perfect, but I remind you again, that what we have it good, it’ very good! Thanks for being the church to one another!