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Summary: A Funeral Message (Short Homily) -Updated November 2016-

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On behalf of ______, ... _______, ... _______ and the whole extended _______ family.

We thank you for your prayerful support ... and for taking time this day ....to celebrate the life .... of ... _______ _______ _______.

_______ had a gift ... she had the ability ... to make every person feel ... that they were truly special.

If _______ was in the room... well ... you knew it.

She was always open and ready for a conversation ... to make a new friend.

Now She would make comments at times ... that would make you shake your head ... but if your honest ... it also put a smile ... on your face.

She would play the part of ... a tough cookie sometimes.

But the nurses and staff ... at the hospital and nursing facility ... well ... they saw right through it ... and fell in love _______.

She cared deeply ... for every member ... of her family.

When she would speak of family ... it was much like opening a treasure chest ... with each of your individual names ... on a beautiful box ... with in.

She would open your box ... and speak of wonderful memories ... and glorious hopes ... for each of you.

She loved you ... dearly.

"Faith, Hope and Love, ... But the greatest of these ... is Love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)

During the times that I would visit _______ ... be it at the farm, ... the hospital ... or at the nursing facility.

We would always end with prayer ... and most times we would share ... in communion.

She would say ... I wonder why God is leaving me here so long?

I would assure her ... that her life and her love ... continues to touch the lives ... of so many.

I remember one visit with _______ at the hospital ... late one Sunday evening.

We talked for a long time... and I shared that I was so thankful ... that God allowed her ... to be a part of my life.

And that her strength ... was an inspiration ... and a witness to me ... as well as to her family ... and friends.

At the end of the stay ... we prayed together ... and I anointed _______ with oil.

She shared with me ... that she always felt a great peace ... after being anointed.

Well ... As I beginning to leave ... her roommate who was behind A closed curtain ... called out to me.

She said I heard you both praying.

I am a Christian ... but I have not been to Church in a long time ... would you anoint me with oil.

I would be honored.

_______'s witness ... even from a hospital bed ... touched the heart ... of yet ... another soul.

Beloved.... our life ....and our death .... leave an imprint.

An imprint on all those .... that we encounter.

On all those ... that God has placed ... in our lives.

_______'s life ....and her death .... Has left an imprint .... on everyone .... who had the honor ... and privilege ... to know her.

I will miss her ... dearly.

O' Beloved...cherish those imprints ... Cherish those memories.

Those imprints ... those memories ... that she has left on your heart.

Hold on to them ... And let the love that they contain ... move through your very being. (Pause)

We will all leave this side of eternity ... and .... those who are in Christ Jesus .... will receive ... the crown of righteousness.


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Heather Ploen

commented on Aug 11, 2015

Your sermon helped inspire me for my own sermon for a man I had not met, but was in the Navy. It was the spark I needed! Thank you.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Aug 11, 2015

Thank-you for taking time to post. You are very welcome and thank-you for your kind words. Your Brother in the Faith Jeff

Dale Milford

commented on Oct 7, 2015

Thank for this sermon... I have boated in a cabin cruiser on the Great Lakes for years. I took your image and switched it to the first person -- losing sight of the shore for the first time was a scary thing (my upbringing was on rivers and tiny lakes). On the other side of the lake was a whole new Vista I had never seen... We can only imagine the journey ____ is taking and the new vistas she/he is viewing even now.... Thanks again. I never would have gone there without you!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Oct 7, 2015

Thank-you for taking time to respond. I am sure that your message was a blessing. Thank-you for your kind words they mean so much to me. In Christ Jeff

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