I just came home from a funeral of a great lady. Marion was a teacher at my school and just a super person. She lost her battle with cancer after a 23 year fight - which tells you something about her just from that small piece of info!
This was the first reading at her funeral.
Proverbs 31:10-12, 17, 20, 25-31
When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life.
She is girt about with strength, and sturdy are her arms.
She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel.
She watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness.
Her children rise up and praise her; her husband too, extols her:
"Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all."
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; but the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates.
I want to be just like you when I grow up Marion. I know you're up in heaven meeting all those great artists you admired, welcoming all the lost and lonely into your arms, and making it a more beautiful place for all of us when we are privileged to join you there. God bless - you are missed.