The celebratory message by Bishop Talmadge Gardner was right on the mark for Mrs Edna! His message was one of memory, celebration and praise.
I especially felt his closing was so appropriate and meaningful when he quoted Bishop Brent's "What is Dying."
One thing I know about John and Edna Parker--I'll see them again!
Maybe you could print Brent's "What is Dying"??
"What Is Dying?
A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon
and someone at my side says, “she is gone.”
Gone--Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all;
she is just as large as when I saw her.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her,
and just at the moment when someone at my side says “She is gone,
there are others, who are watching for her coming,
and other voices take up a glad shout,
“There she comes” and that is dying.
What a comfort this story is for all of us who mourn the loss of a loved one. I know it has helped me in my grief over the death of our precious Stephanie. Hallelujah! Stephanie is alive in heaven, and so is John and Edna Parker. You can claim this hope that is in Jesus Christ for your loved ones who gave their hearts and lives to Jesus.
If someone will help me, I would like to get in touch with Don and Rose Gentelini. Melvine and I visited them in Cologne, West Germany. I was glad that Rose read the eulogy for Edna and shared about their relationship with John and Edna Parker. The last time I saw and talked with Rose was in Budapest, Hungary on my arrival back in that city from Oradea, Romania. She met us and took us to a lovely mall with one of the best Hungarian restaurants in that city. Rose knows how to take care of visiting ministers. Don and Rose Gentelini are choice servants of the Lord.
We are all blessed by having known John and Edna Parker. They have influenced our lives with goodness, love, and mercy.