Another thing I think of when I think of ____________ is her Sweet Spirit. ___________ seemed to be one of those people who had a smile for everyone. Even after surgery on her jaw made it difficult she kept on smiling. Her smile always seemed to demonstrate the peaceful sweet spirit with which she faced all of life’s difficulties. I don’t mean to imply that ____________ was perfect, I am sure she was not, after all she was human. But _____________ exhibited a peaceful, and easygoing approach to life.
Another thing that I think of when I think Barbara is her Sincere faith. The apostle Paul once said to his son in the faith, Timothy, “when I think of you I think of your sincere faith.” (2 Tim 1:5) I believe that the same can be said of _________ today, when you think of her you have to consider her faith. Barbara Philips loved her Lord, she loved her church and she loved her church family. When ___________ was a member of ___________________, where I am the pastor, she was not only faithful in her attendance but she sang in the choir and worked in our AWANA Children’s program. In __________ life faith was not something that was tacked on, but rather the focal point around which her life revolved.
The death of a Christian is precious not only because it causes us to reflect on the impact that person had on our lives but …
Secondly, The death of a Christian is precious because it releases us from the suffering and pain of this life. There is much in this life to mar our happiness. For ______________ it was a life of battle with the disease that finally took her life. ______________ faced each day a renewed battle with physical pain which she met with quiet courage. It is true that life in the here and now can be filled with trouble but God promises in Revelation 21:4, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (NKJV).
The second President of the United States, John Quincy Adams had a great grasp of our earthly situation. When he was eighty years old he was met by a friend who shook his trembling hand and said, “Good Morning, How is John Quincy Adams today?” The retired chief executive looked at him for a moment and then said, “John Quincy Adams himself is quite well, sir, quite well. But the house in which he lives at present is becoming dilapidated. It is tottering upon its foundations. Time and the seasons have almost destroyed it. Its roof is pretty worn out. Its walls are much shattered, and it crumbles with every wind. The old tenement is becoming uninhabitable, and I think that John Quincy Adams will have to move out soon. But he himself is well, sir, quite well.” It was not long afterward that he had his second and final stroke and John Quincy Adams moved from his shaky tabernacle as he called it, to his home not made with hands. On ________________, ___________ moved out of this body that had become intolerable and moved into her new home in Heaven.