One of the ministry opportunities that is afforded me as a minister is to walk with families through some really cool times – weddings, births, baptisms and others of life’s many mile markers.
But there are other times that I walk with families and the occasions aren’t nearly as joyous. I met with a family on Sunday to plan a memorial service for Linda. As I sat down on the sofa, I listened as four daughters gathered around to share stories and memories about their mom. And I watched as a proud father nodded his head in agreement and love as he listened to each story.
I wrote as quickly as I could and then finally gave up and just listened.
I learned many, many things that afternoon about Linda. But what most struck me as I drove away from the house was the undeniable, overwhelming love that this family has for one another and how they learned that from their parents.
As I have prepared to speak at her memorial today, Linda has inspired me. I wrote yesterday about the importance of taking the time to appreciate those you love (you can read that post here). But Linda inspires us to move beyond a mere appreciation. I am inspired to show my love in my actions and not just in my words.
Today’s “Verse of the Day” on Biblegateway.com is 1 John 3:18, which is very fitting. It says this,
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
A lesson Linda knew well and lived out daily.
Shouldn’t we all do the same?