In Remembrance of You
In Remembrance of You
 
“I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel  from the first day until now, being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
  - Philippians 1:3-6
 
If you are a believer in Christ, someone in your life had something to do with that.  Someone had an influence on you, for we have all been influenced by those who have gone before us.  I am so very grateful to those who have taught me, who have led me in the way.  I am thankful for their faith and their friendship.
 
Many of the people I visit were former Sunday school teachers, sang in the choir, Scout leaders, children and youth volunteers, Women of the Church leaders, played the piano at various functions, were members when the old church burned down. These dear saints truly sacrificed to rebuild our sanctuary, to purchase a new organ, to select the stain glass in the chancel, and to carry on the ministries to this community. I have been touched by numerous Christians throughout my life, but none more than those I have been privileged to serve at Front Street.
 
I am so very grateful for those who taught me to take my time when in a nursing home.  Instead of being so focused in visiting our people, they demonstrated by their actions kindness in looking and speaking to each person in the hallways whether they knew them or not.  They recognized that all are God’s children and have value.  Also, I want to thank my precious ones who prayed for me and this ministry. Thank you, my generous ones who gave me delicious pies, cookies, cakes, sausage, tomatoes, okra, gifts, supported our missions to Costa Rica and Siberia, and shared a drink of water.  You have no idea how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness, kindness, and generosity.
 
Our people have shown courage in the most difficult illnesses and in the loss of loved ones.  I have observed you as you clung to our Lord when overcome by grief and loneliness.  You have displayed strength of character when ignored and even mistreated in a nursing home.  You have touched my life with your sense of humor and acceptance of your aging body.  You have shared wisdom and insight in how to live with a spouse who has dementia or one who is completely bedridden.
I am so grateful for the faith lessons learned by your examples in grievous circumstances.  You have taught me to celebrate life, encouraged me when I was ready to cry, helped me to draw closer to our God and you have walked beside me in visiting, sharing flowers and magazines, meals, and have helped carry the burdens of our people.  Thank you!!!
 
Prayer
Father, I ask that you bless our Christian family and particularly those who have gone before us, taught us, led us and who have built the ministry of this church.  May we never forget what they have done for us.  Amen.
 
- Frankie Zumbro

 

Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:31 PM
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