Friday, June 10, 2011

What would you like...?

Do you remember those pizza commercials many years ago where the guy would ask..."What would you like on your tombstone?" I remember sitting through a sermon while they were still airing where the Pastor stood up and pulled out a frozen pizza, held it up and asked "What would you like on YOUR tombstone?" You may wonder why I'm writing this today...I just returned home from a funeral for a 29 year old man, father of two small children, husband, son and friend of many people I know. He died suddenly on Monday of a heart attack. My husband and I held hands and listened to quite a number of people tell stories of this remarkable young man, most of them humorous because he had quite a sense of humor, stories of his life, his struggles with drug addiction, but his final story of victory that he overcame the drugs and became a truly committed Christian. There were stories of his witness to the people he worked with, and his struggles wondering if his life made a difference, he wanted to shine a light and point others toward his Lord and Savior but never knew if he did or not. I can safely say today that he did indeed!

The last few years have been full of funerals for people I've known, mostly relatives, and they seem so sad and so final because I honestly don't know where most of them were headed. This one was different. Though it was sad to lose someone so young with a family just starting out and he will be greatly missed, it was a celebration of sorts...of his victorious life, of the love he left behind, of the fact that he's in heaven now, hugging Jesus and praising him with his wonderful voice. There were co-workers of his that came to the funeral whose lives may change because of what they saw there today. So I'll be praying for his family, for his friends, and for the people who attended the funeral today that they come to know the Savior that Jason knew and that his life, and his death, will make a difference in people's lives. I know it makes me want to live a better life...because no one knows the day or the hour...

They sang this song at the service today...I just love the words

Chris Rice - Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus) Lyrics

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

Rest in peace, Jason!


Nancy said...

So sorry for his family and friends but Praise God that Jason is with his heavenly father enjoying an eternal life of joy! He must have been so very special to be chosen to go home so soon!

And This Little Pig said...

Oh DJ so young, shows we must make the most of all our days. He sounds like he was a wonderful young man.
LiBBiE in Oz

Babs in Alabama said...

"Lord, teach us to number our days"...thanks so much for this post DJ. Go in peace and laugh on heaven's side; now that is something to hold on to. I told my doctor Tuesday I just wanna' go home. He is a committed Christian and he told me God wasn't done with me yet. Who am I to complain. I must grab hold of those days God has left for me.
thank you,