Saturday, May 21, 2011
Virtual Memorial Service (For Bill and his Family)
Bill you now are at peace and you were the catalyst for the Legacy Ride for Cancer. That dream about a cancer ride all started with visions of crossing the finish line at Twin Springs Farms, with your arms wide open to welcome 500 horses. It turned out to be a trek with Mark and me across Texas instead. We talked about you the entire way, met people who empathized with you. We are grateful to have Twin Springs Farms mother/daughter pair to continue to ride in the name of those who have been touched by Cancer. Bill... your fight was just about two years from diagnosis and Gloria, you fought alongside with him as his wife and loving support through these times. Gloria --- you presented an amazing testimony of love and faithfulness for your husband. This virtual memorial service and prayer is for you both and your family. Today you had a private gravesite service for Bill who lost his fight to Cancer on 5/11/11 at 1:15 am.
We light this candle in memory of Bill and others who have died from cancer and pray for those who have lost loved ones. Bless them, Father, to feel their loved ones near, yet free from the pain and suffering of this world. Bless them to know that the bonds of love are eternal, that their loved ones feel their love and are mindful of them, that they will be reunited again with homecoming of great beauty and joy.
So many lives and families are affected by this terrible disease. Nearly all of us are touched in some way, either suffering ourselves or caring for a loved one in pain and our hearts ache, missing those who have passed on. Bless each who suffer and battle this disease with strength and guidance that they might overcome. Bless each heart in despair with courage, hope and to find your peace. Bless each caregiver with stamina, compassion, wisdom and love.
Bless those who have passed from this world and draw them to you. Bless us to find the ways to cure this terrible disease. Bless those who research and work toward a cure to be guided, that their minds might be open and enlightened to the blessings of help you desire for all of us. Thank you, Father, for your tender mercies and unconditional love.
Bless us to overcome this terrible disease, we pray in the name of your beloved son, Jesus Christ, amen.
"Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness." Isaiah 51:11
"The young women will dance for joy, and the men --old and young--will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing." 31:13
"Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going." John 14:1 - 4
"I am leaving you with a gift -- peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27
"Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!" John 17:24
"Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? ......... No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow -- not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below -- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 8:35 - 39
"No eye has seen no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9b
"And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead." 1 Corinthians 6:14
"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13
"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort." 2 Corinthians 1:3
"Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies." 2 Corinthians 4:10
"For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands" 2 Corinthians 5:1
"For we will put on heavenly bodies, we will not be spirits without bodies." 2 Corinthians 5:3
"We would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord" 2 Corinthians 5:8b
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6 - 7
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died." 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 14
"So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold -- though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world." 1 Peter 1:6 - 7
"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1