Summary: Keep trusting in Jesus Christ, because He wants to give us: 1. His help (2 Corinthians 1:2-4). 2. His hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). 3. A home in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:1 & 6-8).
Funeral Service for a Christian Acquaintance
Riser/Welcome Home Cemetery - December 9th, 2014
Song 1: "Somewhere My Love"
Welcome & Thanks to friends
*We are gathered together today in loving memory of Mrs. Martha Lord Wright. Mrs. Martha was born on February 22, 1927, at Baskin, Louisiana. And she went home to be with the Lord early last Saturday morning, at the age of 87.
*Mrs. Martha was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was loved by everyone who knew her. Her personality was one of love and devotion to her family. Everyone who knew her truly loved her, and she will never be forgotten.
*Martha was preceded in death by her husband James Edward McDowell, her nephew Stanley Gebbia, and by three brothers: Raymond, Lindy and Mike Lord.
*Left to cherish a lifetime of memories her son: Mitchell McDowell and wife Irina of Metarie, LA, her sister: Lovie L. Gebbia and husband Charles of Oak Ridge, Louisiana, and her granddaughter: Karina Mambetova of Metarie.
Scripture: The Word of God is our best source for comfort in times like this, and this morning I would like to read the 23rd Psalm, because it is the Scripture that meant the most to me when my mother passed away.
1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
3. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
Song 2: "The Old Rugged Cross"
*Mitch wrote an excellent tribute about his mother, and he began by saying that she was "strong willed, but compassionate and considerate to others. Mom always had an open door to her home and heart; generous, charitable 'to a fault' with any and all, placing others' feelings before and over her own.
*She was firm, committed to her faith and trust in the Lord, never wavering in her belief that 'all is well and under control,' because Jesus paid the price for transgressions.
*I do not say these words lightly or for the sake of promoting my mom for 'sainthood,' or simply because she is no longer with us. I certainly do not say this because she is my mother. I say without prejudice these considerably short points as it would take volumes to express her kindness, selflessness, devotion, faith, and greater love of God and fellow man.
*She regarded others as friends whether they reciprocated or not, giving without expectations or thought for self. Most folks who had contact with her have only positive thoughts. Many have cherished thoughts of her. Those who REALLY knew her had a great love for her.
*She always professed that "GOD IS LOVE". She loved unconditionally.