“So when I get to WHERE I’M GOING, that for you, there will be no shadow of a doubt or an occasion of worry. When now you see me and then you don’t… KNOW… that when I am not here with you, I am [in Love] with Him~ there. I have little to tell you about my life, but HIS life will take an eternity to share.” So…
Rest In Peace!
I was flooded [again] this morning with so many emotions that I thought I would [or even should] die. No, not in a negative sense [you can’t threaten me with Heaven 😉 ]… but rather, a divine conclusion. 😎
Today’s a celebration of life for a friend, but more noteworthy, he was a mighty [in love, humility, and faith]… man of God. And it is at this point, that I feel compelled to give you my take on his [Rev. Gary Berry] obituary, and also mine.
For my friend, Gary… ♥
In knowing Gary since we were both young, I think I can speak from the heart on who he was and where he is today.
Gary is known to many as a wonderful brother, friend, husband, father, cousin, boss, colleague, pastor [Woodville Church was blessed to experience a sincerely humble servant of the Living God], and the most notable- a “son” to The Father.
But what stands out to me today is who he was as a man of God. Gary didn’t walk away from an opportunity to roll up his pant legs and get his feet wet, cuff up his sleeves and get his hands dirty, go face to face with anyone who needed to see a friendly one, open his heart to anyone who could sure use one, offer an ear to whoever needed to be heard, nor did he shy away from those who were desperate, and needed to hear of HIM.
Gary remains in the ‘top two’ of the men I know here, who were truly the most humble of God’s servants. Gary did not speak or preach from a platform or above people. Gary spoke volumes, as he loved & lived- with & among the [Lord’s] people. [Even to the ones, who didn’t know they were His… yet.] God has truly blessed you Gary Berry, and in the process… me too. Gary, you really did “preach your heart out”, gave it your all, your best, your all time best, to your last! “Well done” friend! [I’m sure this is not the first you’re hearing of this.] Thank You Lord, for Gary!
Probably not an “acceptable” forum or deemed “popular” to do this here [first submitted as a Facebook post], but I’m saying & doing it anyway…
I can think of no other thing, at no other time, that would honor or pay more respect to Gary’s life then to say “Yes” to “Jesus” and His kingdom in Heaven, [at nearly the same moment in time that Gary is perfected into it].
There is only one way to the Father in Heaven & His Name is “Jesus”, but I have found that there are many ways we find ourselves… seeking, being found, & moving in- with Jesus. Please don‘t be afraid to ask or knock at any hour.
There are many that I know [including myself- I would be honored!] who would love to talk “Jesus” with you. You don’t have to set foot in a church, walk one day in Christian service, or be officially led through the salvation prayer to see, hear, know, be rescued, healed or saved by Jesus. The thief on the cross that asked Jesus to “remember me” didn’t & he is with Him in paradise right now. But, you do have to cry out to & accept “Jesus” in your heart for the save, and please note, this should be no later than “the end”. And as the thief on the cross- don’t allow this memorable moment to go unnoticed… tell everyone in front of you. “Why?” Because you will so love to. 🙂
Gary was a man who- ‘when he loved, he really loved you & when he hugged, he really embraced you’. I think Gary would so love it, if we would “pass it on”…
GOD BLESS… EVERYONE! ♥ [And Gary, please tell Jesus I said “Hi”.]
“R.I.P!” began as a post titled “R.I.P”… The same yesterday, today, and forever on May 14, 2012, but has been revised [11/13/13] and updated a few times since. I think that, as those of us who seek their lives to be a living testimony — we revise or update our ‘opened-book’ lives, our last will & testament [of Him], our new-birth announcements, and even ‘altar’ our service plans [& obituary] from time to time… to reflect how far we’ve come with Him – for such a time as this.
This morning, and a few before it, I have had the feeling that “today’s the day!” Any other time I would say “Hallelujah!” But today, I think if I should die before [or even after] I wake, the life I’d leave behind, would play out more to others… like an epic “fail” then that of a Love Story. I am saddened to think of “how much more… for Him …I desire to do” and couldn’t.
So I want to make myself very clear at this time, just who I am & who I’m not. What my life is [seeing how I believe in being “present”] & what it is not. And I’d like to start with what the sum total of my life- isn’t!
I can tell you from where and who I have come from, my relations, my associations, what colleges I attended, where I worked, who I married, who I gave birth to, my churches & charities, and where I reside now. But to me… it’s not enough.
I could allude to many of my successes and failures through the illustration of my life endeavors, and tell you of how I persevered and where my priorities lied. But to me… it’s not enough.
I can tell you of the people I loved, the sights I’ve seen, the places I served, the people and things I cherished. But to me… it’s not enough.
I can even leave a trail of how God caused all things to work together for good in my life -with His Love, Miracles, Divine Intervention, Mercy, Grace [Unmerited favor], and in His Strength. But to me, just telling you… is just not enough.
Throughout many seasons, places, and areas of my life the Lord has impressed upon me this statement… “I can’t stop there!” And with that being said… neither can I.
“Here am I”
I was born, raised, educated, employed, married, and currently lived in NNY with my two beautiful children. I am ecstatic with the blessings and gifts that God has given me, to include the good, the bad, and the sometimes seemingly ugly. All have matured, stretched, refined, restored and transformed me to the person I am [or was] for this day… now & forever called, justified, sanctified, glorified, HIS. If you look at me, having summed up my life, I pray you see that I lived extravagantly where it mattered most. And if you remember about me that I was too passionate about Jesus or spoke too much of Him to you, my apologies… for you. I know I am right where I am supposed to be… now.
Beyond all this, I look to you and ask…
“Has my faith gone before me and announced the Who & What I’d worked for?”
“Do you know Who I had chosen to spend the rest of my ‘long life’ with?”
“Had you witnessed the real fruit of my labor and thanked God for His divine intervention?”
“Had my love been loud enough that you heard & know that YOU’re the LOVED ONE?”
“Had I told you with volume the blessing you had brought to my life and how I treasured this good part in my heart?”
“And had I told you all these things in certainty, giving all the credit to the true source [Jesus] of my inspiration?”
“What exactly have I impressed upon you with regard to the HIM who sent me?”
“What difference have I made… that made all the difference in the world to you?”
“Where ‘you and I’ fit in with Him, have I stressed this with the utmost importance?”
“And when I saw you hungry, did I feed you what I had; or when thirsty still, did I draw you to the [best] water; or had I known that you were lonely & in need, did I follow through with friendship and prayer?”
“I PRAY IT SO!…”
For the very best that I can give you, comes from Him… as I rest in peace.
So when I get to WHERE I’M GOING, that for you, there will be no shadow of a doubt or an occasion of worry. When now you see me and then you don’t… KNOW… that when I am not here with you, I am ‘in Love’ with Him ~ there. I have little to tell you about my life, but HIS life will take an eternity to share…
To my children & loved ones…
I LOVE YOU ~ GOD BLESS YOU!
If you miss me [and ‘when it is your time’ & God’s]… you know where to find me. I’m with Jesus! ♥
“I do” will & bequeath- me to You!
And I can think of no other thing that would honor me more or pay a better respect then to say “Yes” to “Jesus”!
Today’s the day!
“27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” … Jesus [John 14:27]
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” [Hebrews 13:8]
His Will never changes!
♥ R.I.P. ♥
This post has come a long way since May 11, 2012, and although it will not be completed until the day of Christ Jesus, it begins again for me each day and continues… until that day!
“I rest in peace!”
If you do not know the God I serve, or even serve another, I ask you…
“Where will you go when you find yourself at ‘the end’ of you?”
“What does your self-fulfilling dream or prophecy have in store for you, when you actually ‘buy the farm’?”
“And even now, ‘what has your god done for you lately?'”
“When you are no longer present, what will your absence say?”
“For all those you leave behind, how will they know you loved them enough to spend eternity in Heaven with them or even the way in which to go?”
“And how will they know that when they are here & you are not, that finally… you rest in peace?”
If there is still breath in you, it’s not too late…
MAKE TODAY THE DAY! … Love, Jesus