Last Sundays webby was epic. Absolutely amazing! Over this week I have been digging in deeply even more and just really enjoying the emotional highs that come with these little epiphanies of “Oh my gosh, this is really happening, I am my own hero in my own story! I AM doing this!”
I’m so grateful I have given myself this gift. This time to look within.
Reading obituaries has been a powerful introspective exercise for me and I thought I was pretty smart trying to predict that we would get asked in the course to write our own obit but we didn’t this week so I’m just going to DO IT NOW! Just off the cuff here. I feel like if I was writing a true obituary I would want it to be perhaps more thought out however, nobody has died, my thoughts are clear as ever, everything is amazing and beautiful, and I’m going to write my own obituary! …….
Very few minutes after typing that sentence I realized 2 things: I was insanely tired. Too much so even to write a quick obituary, and I realized that writing one off the cuff when I was that sleepy, just for the sake of getting it done at that exact time, was just wrong.
I would not treat my loved one’s obituary like that, so why would I do that to myself?
So now it’s a new day and I’m grateful to be alive! I’ve read a couple more obits and had some more thought on the subject, especially in light of the fact that I wanted to write my own.
I found it interesting how some obituaries are very well thought out, very long and detailed. Others are very short. Very loving but not so deep. I wonder if that is a reflection of people’s personalities when they were here on earth. I wonder if a person with a short obituary was very guarded and lived in fear….
All I know is that at the end of my life, I do want to leave an impression behind on the ones I love and although leaving a legacy is not one of my top 2 PPNs, I feel like it is important to me to know that I lived life the way I want to, with love, laughter, purpose, and meaning. With forgiveness and an open heart.
Angela Blanchard 1983 – 2090
Angie was a joyful, peaceful mom and wife. She went to be with her Heavenly father peacefully, in her sleep with her family by her side.
Angie would want to be remembered for her sense of purpose. She always knew where she was going. She always wanted to shine the love of Christ through what she said and did and she always wanted to tell people what the Lord had done for her on the cross.
Angie was a mom to many through adoption, fostering and extended family. She kept her childlike wonder of life and shared that with all whom she shared her heart.
She had a passion and a purpose for helping kids, teaching them about God and the Bible, how to be a good steward of this life and live it to the fullest like she did.
Angie’s passion for adventure and curiosity was something she loved to share with her friends and family. She took her family traveling all over the world and all along the way she preached, prayed, hugged, and cried with people.
Her closest friends and family will miss her sense of humor and the gentle smile that she always wore. She was always that friend who you could count on to talk to any time, day or night. She loved deeply, fiercely and forever.
She knew she was in this world but not of this world and at her request, is added in her obituary the gospel which she shared with so many. Angie is with the prince of Peace, her Lord Jesus now and she wanted to see to it that many souls as possible would meet her in heaven as well.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Romans 10: 3 – 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4