Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Sister Lillie Died…

 

     After ninety-four years here, she decided to go on Home. She up and did it. She died in faith. And it was not in this life only that she had hope. No! She had that living hope whose origin can be traced back through millennia to an empty tomb in Palestine.

     In this life she endured as though seeing Him Who is invisible. And though she hadn’t seen Him with her eyes, she loved Him and through her faith connection to Him she was filled with unspeakable and glorious joy.

     She believed in life after death, but she also believed in life before death; for she fully embraced the life that Jesus came to give her and found it to be abundant life! Her life was filled with the love of her family, her church, her friends and her Lord. The purposes to which she set herself were pursued with determination and loyalty. She had the gifts of serenity from God enabling her to accept things she couldn’t change, and of courage to make the needed changes she could, along with the wisdom to tell the difference.

     She showed us how to bear hardships and sorrows with grace…a lesson more precious to us with each passing day. She lived long upon the earth and when she left us, though she died physically, our Lord indicated that there is a real sense in which she didn’t and couldn’t die…for He said…“she (he) that lives and believes in me shall never die. She believed in Him while she lived and so possessed undying life. There are precious people God scatters like seed among the relationships of our lives…people who, when we are wavering, help us stand up…people who, when we think of quitting, help us not to…people who empower us to believe that goodness is, after all, possible to us and is worth pursuing. And people like that are sometimes called, “Lillie.” One of these days we will go looking for her. She is not lost to us for we know where to find her.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Sister Lillie Died…

  1. Thank God for sisters like Lillie. She sounds like an amazing woman. It is difficult to let go of people like that … we want to keep them here. They inspire us so much with their lives … they make us want to keep going.

    God gives us peace in these times because He gives us the assurance that they are in a better place … and that we will see them again. This doesn’t always make it easier to let go, but it does make it clear, once again, that we must live in a way that will lead us to a Home with Him.

    I LOVE TO THINK OF LILLIE THERE. SHE THREW AWAY THOSE THICK EYE-GLASSES, FOR HERE SHE SAW AS IN A MIRROR DIMLY, BUT THERE HER VISION IS PERFECT. HERE SHE RELIED ON MEDICINES, BUT THERE SHE HAS DIRECT ACCESS TO THE BALM OF GILEAD. HERE SHE WORE AN OXYGEN MASK, BUT THERE SHE BREATHES CELESTIAL AIR THAT INVIGORATES HER ENTIRE BEING. HERE SHE NEVER KNEW WHEN THE NEXT STROKE OR HEART ATTACK WOULD OCCUR, BUT THERE NOTHING STOPS HER OR EVEN SLOWS HER DOWN. HERE SHE WAS OFTEN AT THE MERCY OF OTHERS WHO SOMETIMES LET HER DOWN (EVEN IF THEY DIDN’T MEAN TO), THERE SHE IS ONLY AND ALWAYS AT THE MERCY OF HER LORD WHO NEVER DID AND NEVER SHALL LET HER DOWN. YES, PAIGE, WE MISS HER…BUT WE WOULDN’T TAKE HER AWAY FROM ALL SHE KNOWS NOW FOR ANYTHING. BLESSED HOMECOMING! ONE OF THESE DAYS…

  2. Ah Lillie must have been a jewel! What a blessing she must have been to every life that she touched. It hurts our hearts when good people like that leave us….we miss them so much we can hardly stand it. They leave a hole in our lives that no one else can fill. But we cling to the hope that we will see them again one of these days. Their shadow, their fingerprints, will stay with us here in this life, urging us to live better, to love better, to keep on the path that will lead us Home….where we can hug their neck and praise the Father with them once again.

    Thank you Doug for sharing a little bit about Lillie with us here. I hope that I can live the rest of my life (however long that might be)…fully, wholly His so that someone will be able to say such things about me.

    SHERRY, I HAVE NO DOUBT…NONE AT ALL…THAT YOU WILL BE TERRIBLY MISSED AND WONDERFULLY SPOKEN OF WHEN THAT DAY COMES (AS YOU SAID, WHETHER SOON OR FAR). SO JUST KEEP TRYING TO DO WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW (IT DOESN’T MATTER THAT SOME DAYS WE DO BETTER THAN OTHERS. IT JUST MATTERS THAT WE STAY AT IT). BRIDGES ARE BEING BUILT, CHILDREN ARE BEING SHOWN THE WAY, FRIENDS ARE BEING STRENGTHENED IN GOD, DESPAIRING PEOPLE ARE LEARNING HOPE, KINGDOM WORK IS BEING DONE, AND OUR LORD IS BEING GLORIFIED…IN YOU. MAYBE YOU CAN’T ACCEPT THE TRUTH OF THAT RIGHT NOW…AND MAYBE THAT’S OKAY TOO, BECAUSE GOD WANTS US LOWLY, LIKE JESUS…BUT…WE WHO KNOW YOU…EVEN WE WHO KNOW YOU ONLY A BIT…WE KNOW THE TRUTH. SO…TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT. YOU MUST, IF YOU VALUE US. AND REJOICE IN THE FACT WE ARE TELLING YOU…THE PLEASURE OF JEHOVAH IS PROSPERING IN AND THROUGH YOU. ONE OF THESE DAYS…HE, HIMSELF, WILL ASK YOU, “DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE STRONG? DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE BRAVE? DID YOU KNOW OTHERS LEANED ON YOU? IT’S ALL TRUE. WELL DONE, GOOD, FAITHFUL SERVANT!” NOW WHAT DOES THAT PROSPECT DO FOR YOUR HERE AND NOW? GOD BLESS YOU.

  3. Rex Boyles on said:

    I love the way you see people … value them … love them. I remember one of the first funerals I ever heard you preach was for one of the “pillars” at the Belmont church in Dayton – a selfless servant, espcially in the Christian camp work (remember?). I don’t know that I had ever met the woman, but as I listened to you “pay your respects” I realized that I valued her – loved her too. As I read your tribute to Sister Lillie, I wished that I had known her like you did, realizing that one day I will. I wish too that I had been there to just be with you, realizing (as well) that one day I will. I love you, beloved friend. Rex
    YES…MY BROTHER…I WISH I COULD REMEMBER LIKE YOU REMEMBER. I WOULD BE A MORE GRATEFUL PERSON BY FAR, IF I COULD. THE LADY’S NAME WAS MAUDE MANN. SHE WAS AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE. CAME TO JESUS LATE IN LIFE…BUT WHEN SHE CAME SHE CAME ALL THE WAY. SHE HELD NOTHING BACK FROM HIM. SHE LOVED THE YOUNG ONES. I CAN STILL SEE THE SPARKLE IN HER EYES…THE BEAUTIFUL SMILE…THE AMAZING SPRING IN HER STEP. YOU WOULD HAVE LOVED HER TRULY. YOU WOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED HER SPIRIT…BECAUSE OF THAT AROMA SO FAMILIAR TO YOU…THE AROMA OF OUR JESUS.
    MY FRIEND, THE NEAR THREE YEARS OF WORK WE DID TOGETHER, SEEM LIKE YESTERDAY TO ME FOR THE JOY I FELT IN THAT FELLOWSHIP. NO FRIEND ON EARTH WAS EVER TRUER TO ME THAN YOU. MY WORK WAS NEVER MORE FULFILLING TO ME THAN THEN. AND EVEN IN THESE MANY YEARS OF MILES BETWEEN US THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE WAS STILL WORKING MIGHTILY THROUGH YOU IN THIS WORLD HELPED ME IN WAYS I CAN’T FULLY EXPLAIN AND ON SUCH NUMEROUS OCCASIONS THAT I LEFT OFF COUNTING. EVEN IF WORDS WERE UNABLE TO PASS BETWEEN US…IF I COULD NEVER AGAIN TELL YOU HOW YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THAT FRIEND INDEED TO ME WHO STICKS CLOSER THAN A BROTHER…EVEN IF THAT WERE SO, YOUR FAITH IN AND LOVE TO ME IS SO WELL ESTABLISHED THAT I WOULD GO TO MY GRAVE COUNTING YOU JUST SUCH A FRIEND…AND STILL MISSING YOU…UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. I LOVE YOU.

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