Summary: Older lady with a special gift of prayer. Her relationship with God wittnessed healings and joy that are amazing.

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Funeral – Mrs. _______

We have come to the moment in the service where I am expected to say some nice things about _____. I need to share with you that finding something nice to say is harder than you might think. Please don’t mis-understand. The only reason it is hard is because there is so much to say that I don’t know where to start.

I decided That I should start with a quick list of her qualifications:

From her family you will find that she is praised in her role as a wife and mother. She herself was open about her love of her children and she spoke about how much she missed Charles her husband. The family all speak of her influence on their lives and about her amazing strength and deep faith. It was said that she loved her family even when they were less than perfect. It is common to hear family members describe ______’s faith as being an inspiration as to what faith is to be.

From her own description she had a life filled with honest hard work. She shared about her hard times, illness, healing and deep loss….but always add how God had pulled her through. Her faith and stewardship we apparent when you spent any time with her.

From her church the discussion goes immediately to her faithfulness in using her spiritual gifts. Her main gift was one of prayer.

Michael already mentioned that she was a prayer warrior…That seems to be a constant description that is used by many people when talking about ______. It is a trait that is offered with great respect. .

However, I would offer a slightly different description.

She was a prayer champion for her family and church and even the community. There is only a small difference between the two descriptions. Both train and exercise and engage in the battles for their king and kingdom. A champion is a warrior that has endured challenges and consistently been the winner, consistently been the intercessor and protector.

______ was the person that was the first person called when any of her family and friends struggled with life’s battles became overwhelming and needed intersession when any one needed a champion before the thrown of God.

Another Gift that she had but would never really claim, ______ was an endless source of encouragement. You might have gone by or called to try to lift her up; however, in every conversation she always seemed to give the visitor a lift as well.

______ was a small lady but possessed amazing strength, faith and power all of which came from her relationship with Jesus Christ.

______ understood something that a lot of people miss. God never retires us from using our gifts for His kingdom.

Those are wonderful basic qualifications that any person would wish to be know for while in this world. But there is something deeper that we need to look into.

In considering the scriptures to focus our celebration today I came up with all kinds of words that would help us to remember her, words like wisdom, faithful, righteous, generous. I could have made a sermon on any positive character trait we could name and found plenty of material.

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