Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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Theresa Weidner's funeral homily 5/05/09
This was written by Theresa's husband, Pastor Jay Weidner, and was preached by Pastor Tomas Nyblom at her funeral in Hancock, MI. on May 5, 2009.

In one of the cards we recently received a sister in Christ and friend of our family had written; “Theresa had the gift of making each person she was with feel special. I felt it and miss God’s Spirit she had …until heaven.” This was indeed the case. Theresa remembered the likes and dislikes of almost every person she met. She counted it a privilege to serve them by ministering to their likes and avoiding their dislikes. She faithfully remembered birthdays and other special occasions taking great pains to see to it that no one was forgotten. Many was the time she would find something she really wanted, buy it, get it home, then decide that someone else could use it more than she, so she would send it off to them as a gift. Many of you have such gifts that came from her kindness and generosity. This brings to mind the story recorded in Acts 9:36-41.

The clothes and garments that Theresa made were not of cloth like Dorcas’ works were, rather it was the fabric of many lives that Theresa worked with. She did her acts of kindness not to gain recognition but because the people she did them for were more important to her than herself. She simply wanted to bless them and bless them she did. Yet it wasn’t Theresa who blessed them it was the Lord working through Theresa by His Spirit to minister His grace through her, He was the driving force behind her gift of hospitality and it was He who was faithful in her faithfulness. In Acts 9 Peter is sent by God to raise Dorcas from the dead but for Theresa it wasn’t Peter who appeared to raise her it was Jesus Himself. He did not however raise her to be found mortal once again but in His faithfulness He raised her immortal. He took away her garment of grief and clothed her with righteousness and glory. Her true husband, who faithful to His word had prepared a place for her took her for Himself to bring her to her eternal home robed in eternal peace. There she stands in His brightness with all the saints glorifying God in all His splendor.

It does no one any good to speculate on the reasons for her departure for endless questions can be raised but no answers found. We only know that on April 17th three earthly lives ended in a horrible car accident and one life was preserved. It is as Job says; “the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” Yet the scripture adds: “In all this Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly.” We must not rob God of His glory by substituting our poor thoughts for His marvelous ways that are beyond our finding out. We can only come to Him for His comfort that is without end and extend our deepest sympathy to the Bunnin family as well.

This service is a testimony of life and not of death. It is a celebration of the gift of life given to humankind through God’s Son who shed his blood on Calvary’s cross to redeem lost sinners. It is a testimony to the power of the resurrection, every day is Easter, God’s mercies are new every day. The suddenness of Theresa’s death serves to awaken us to the reality of our untimed departure known only to God and to allow us the opportunity to be made ready, to be found in Christ washed clean in His blood and ready for His appearing. Theresa’s life is a testimony to Him who so loved the world that He gave His Son to save it. Now is the day of grace and God is yet calling sinners to repentance. God’s grace is greater than all our sin and He has indeed prepared a place for all who will come to Him. Please come to Him. All the Scriptures we heard today speak in unison of one thing, the resurrection of all those who are in Christ. God desires that we would all be found there even as our precious Theresa was. If you do not have this peace then repent and be found in Him today. Receive of His grace and mercy and have your heart made ready through the blood of His Son. Let Him take the fear of death from you and give you the assurance of eternal life through His shed blood and find peace even as Theresa did. She will be sorely missed and is greatly loved by us but how great will the promised reunion be when we see one another in glory. Now we extend to you dear Theresa the Christian Good Night, but we’ll see you in the morning. Thanks be to God!
Posted on 13 May 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Blessings from Mother
Yesterday I listened to a sermon by a pastor friend who shared these words with his congregation in reference to it being Mother's Day. May we be blessed by the writer's contribution.

There is no other person who plays a greater role in the development of a child than their mother. For nine months a mother carries within her body her precious baby, providing everything essential for life.

After labor and delivery this woman becomes a mother through the miracle of birth. From infancy onward it is our mothers who nurture us, care for us and love us unconditionally. Mothers are women of great faith and emotional strength. Very few of us can comprehend the difficulty and the challenge of motherhood. It is something understood and shared among women only.

Mothers are to be respected and valued for the significant role they play in making a house a home and in creating what we call a family. And giving their children roots and wings. Of all the things a mother does, one of the greatest gifts she can pass on to her children is her faith in God. A child needs to grow up with a sense of purpose, belief and hope. When a mother loves her children, she surrounds them with feelings of safety peace and confidence. And as a mother prays for her children, she blesses her child in a way unimaginable. A mother is a rock, and an anchor with a tender hug and a loving smile.

And as parents we cannot control the destiny of our children; we cannot determine which way the wind will blow; but we can have influence on the setting of their sails. Thank God for mothers who loved us enough to impart values and virtues that have served us well as adults and on this day we honor every mother for her great sacrifices and commitment. Today we say: "Thank you, mom."

(Captain Peter Strong, chaplain serving in Iraq)

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Together in Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 11 May 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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Theresa Weidner's funeral homily 5/05/09
- Posted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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