Jack's funeral was six years ago today.
It was so perfect.
Everything about it--just perfect.
Terri had prepared the most wonderful slide show.
It featured every aspect of Jack's life.
Dr. Gary Smith, who was Jack's friend as well as
his pastor, spoke the perfect words.
Susan and Rob sang beautifully.
Terri honored Jack with a touching eulogy.
And Jay read "Jack's Psalm."
I wouldn't change a thing--about the funeral.
So what would I change?
I would have told him all those things we admired
about him earlier and more often!
I found that Psalm sitting by his bedside
in the last week of his life.
I wish I had found it while he was
still working so hard to provide a comfortable
life for us.
I think he would have been surprised and pleased
that I thought he had influence and honor.
That his good deeds would never be forgotten.
And he would have gotten such a laugh over Rob's
comment about the last verse:
Evil-minded men will be infuriated when they
see all this; they will gnash their teeth in
anger and slink away, their hopes thwarted.
Rob said this could represent their competitors,
suggesting some of the better known ones by name
(just among us!)
Oh, yes. Jack would have loved that.
Don't just tell them so. Tell them why.
Tell them now. Before it's too late.
Maybe that's out of your comfort zone--or theirs.
Do it anyway.
When darkness overtakes him, light will come
He is kind and merciful--and all goes well
for the generous man who conducts his
The Living Bible Translation