Yesterday I attended the funeral of a dear woman from my church. I have only known her about seven or eight years and I can't say I knew her well, but I will always appreciate the fact that our paths crossed for a period of time. She passed away last Thursday, and in my Sunday School class, we talked about her and what it was that made her the treasured and valued person that she was.
Some things that were said about her there, at other times, and some thoughts I've had about her:
She was always interested in others.
She never complained (she had cancer and was in pain or sick very often) but was more likely to ask how YOU were doing than to talk about how she felt.
She absolutely loved her grandchildren and cared deeply about what was going on in their lives.
She wanted to be able to make a difference in the lives of women and actively pursued that goal.
She was a woman of prayer.
She loved the Word of God.
On her coffin was a beautiful floral arrangement that had an open Bible in the middle of it, which was open to Proverbs 31, and this verse was highlighted:
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
That describes my friend! She was an excellent wife, an excellent mother and grandmother, an excellent woman of God. It is my fervent wish that I finish well and make the world a better place for having been here, as she did.
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