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Song “The Lord’s Prayer”
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Song “Peace in the Valley”
We are here today to celebrate the life of Charles Spinner. Linda knew him as husband, others as brother, some as father, and others as friend. Charles was my brother-in-law who was the silent type with me. He never seemed to say anything until he had something to say. I remember times of watching his interactions with his mother-in-law as she often barked orders and his simple compliances to her wishes. At times this was comical.
However I was able to talk with Charles about his relationship with Jesus. He prayed the sinner’s prayer and felt assured about his salvation and his destination. The last time we spoke I remarked “It’s been a tough battle for you, hasn’t it?” to which he replied “It’s not my battle.” This assured me of his complete surrender to the Lord and his acceptance of God’s will.
Psalm 23 speaks of us walking “through the valley of the shadow of death.” For Charles, he found peace walking through the valley because for followers of Jesus, this is a but a shadow of death.
A shadow can not harm you. As you drive down the interstate a truck may pass you and cast a shadow on your car. But that shadow can not wreck you. It is harmless. So is death to a follower of Jesus. It’s nothing more than a shadow.
Charles did not walk that valley alone. We are told in the Bible that when a believer dies, he is carried through the valley of the shadow of death into the presence of the Lord by angels. (Luke 16:22) If those who were with him that day could have seen with spiritual eyes they would have witnessed Charles being lifted from his earth bound body by angels and carried away.
Charles left that Hospice room and found himself in heaven. We wonder what it is like there. We all have our own versions. But the Bible gives us a glimpse of this glorious place in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 4, verses 1-11.
John, the writer of Revelation, tells us that he saw a door standing open in Heaven and was commanded to go through it. There he saw a throne with someone sitting on it. The one sitting there glowed like brilliant gems. He was surrounded by people dressed in white robes and golden crowns on their head. And there were also strange looking angel-like creatures who kept saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—