Tribute (Psalms 39:4-7)

“There are places I remember…all my life, though some have changed.”

The familiar strains of the classic Beatles tune filled the sanctuary of the church. On a large overhead screen, a video montage of photographs highlighted tender moments in the life of the woman we were gathered together to honor and remember. The video ended and the pastor ascended to the podium and shared this poignant remembrance. “Before she passed away, Sally reviewed that video with her daughter who helped to put it together.”

Sally’s memorial service was a lovely celebration of her life. She knew she was dying and wanted to make sure the service was a blessing for everyone. Her daughter worked with her to choose the photos that were to be included in the presentation. What a wonderful tribute to honor the matriarch of their family!

LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. 

Psalms 39:4-7 (NLT)

Some of us, because of illness or other circumstances, may have a clearer idea when we will pass from this life. Others are resolved to do everything possible to cling to this life. However, from the moment we are born, we are all dying. Many of us have viewed similar video montages but I have never seen one that included sad or painful images. We chose to remember only the good times because this is the way we would like others to remember our lives. There is also the hope that there is a better afterlife, that what we did in this life makes a difference after we pass. For Christian believers, like Sally, it is not just a hope. Death is a passing from this life to eternity that will be spent in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The greatest tribute that we can receive in this lifetime is to confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Only Jesus can bestow eternal life and salvation to all who call upon His Name.

Amen!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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