Last friday I blogged about a family who has been on an 11-year road trip involving 145,000 miles and the birth of four children. I concluded it with a challenge to enjoy the journey of life and make sure you’re prepared for the final destination.
On Saturday, the very next day, I conducted a funeral service for an amazing woman who was perhaps more prepared for her final destination that anyone I’ve ever known. She referred to her death as being “Called Home.” And her unwavering faith in God provided peace for every phase of the 89-year journey.
Beulah made sure that both Kent and Don – her sons – knew about a little box that held important information for the occasion of her earthly death. Among other things this box included:
- Her own obituary.
- Details about the funeral service.
- Which dress to put her in; depending on the season of the year.
- Poems and articles that sustained her trust in a loving Creator during some difficult seasons of life.
- A code of conduct for daily living.
- And notes for her boys.
Some of her friends commented afterwards that it must have been difficult for me to plan a celebration service for someone I’d only met a couple of times in passing; but the hard part was trying to include as much as possible about her remarkable life without making the service too long!
One of the things that most impressed me about Beulah was her love for others and the way she used correspondence to encourage them. Don asked the 60-70 folks in attendance to raise their hand if they had ever received a note or card from his mom – every hand in the room went up!
In her personal records she estimated that over a 32-year period she averaged 400 notes or cards a year or 12,800 pieces of correspondence. Simply amazing!
I often feel overwhelmed and helpless to make much of an impact in a world so weighed down by heartache and brokenness. But Beulah inspires me to remember that when we place our trust in God and make ourselves available…
…one person can make a difference!