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Love Well, Live Well

You can certainly tell a lot about a person when you attend his/her funeral. The funeral home employees are always so polite, helpful and empathetic but they can’t cover for the awkwardness and the lack of hope that you feel at some funerals. I think you know what I mean.

When someone dies, we all feel the sadness and we grieve the loss but there are times when we leave the building with an emptiness in our hearts that stays with us for days. Death forces us to look at reality, even if only for a minute…but it can also inflame and disturb the very essence of our beings.  Death makes us ask the tough questions – and sadly leaves some people struggling for the answers.

Today was different. I went to a beautiful, celebratory funeral. There was the scent of hope and joy in the room.  There was lightness in the air and humor in the stories. There were tears flowing but there were also lives changing as a result of this woman’s influence, “her beautiful smile, her warm hugs, sense of fun and love for her family. ” 

Elaine Vera Taylor (Richards), born Chester, England, October 22, 1919. Peacefully journeyed to heaven after a courageous battle with cancer at home, on Sunday, June 5, 2011, with her family at her side.  Elaine’s prayer was “Take my hand, Precious Lord,” which He lovingly and quietly did. 

Elaine was surrounded with people who loved her and it was made crystal clear to all in that room that she was a woman who loved others well. Her grandchildren spoke precious words about her life and she left an indelible impression about faithful, lifelong, marital friendship and love.  Perhaps this was her greatest gift to the younger generation – that she could marry, love and honor the same man for 72 years – here is a rich heritage and a high standard that challenges us all to love in a way that our culture and media mock.

Attending a funeral is an opportunity for each of us to take a personal inventory of our contribution to this world. God has given us 86,400 seconds each day and it’s important that we invest in that which has eternal value.

Are you loving others well?

Do everything in love.  1 Corinthians 16:14

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  1. Barb

    Dear Diane,

    Thank you for your posting. All I can say is “amen”. I prayed yesterday that this celebration of a wife, mother and grandmother, would also lift up the name of Jesus because without Him, her life would have been in vain. “if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself”. We are asked to praise the name of Jesus, and God does the rest.
    As we sang “how great thou art”,I saw God in a different light afresh and a newness than ever before. He truly is “great” and he proved it so in the past 3 months in a way that all who met Elaine saw it and experience a life that was at peace and resting in the arms of her Savior.
    As we surrender to God all the family that Elaine loved with her whole heart and showed it with her life,we wait expectantly for God to show His greatness and faithfulness in their lives, drawing each one to Himself, uniquely and in His time.
    What a great God we serve.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Love Barb

  2. kathy

    Oh, Diane, thank you so much for this tribute. I’ll pass it on to the rest of the family so that they will see the influence one person can have on so many.

    “This little light of mine
    I’m gonna let it shine”

  3. Joanne Catherine Hill

    I loved what you wrote Diane. It was a beautiful and meaningful message and the words

    definitely had an impact on me.

    Last Saturday, I surprised my parents with a party for their seventieth anniversary and it

    was moving, special and humbling to be in the company of two people who have given

    much to their family and community,

    I went to high school with Kathy and Larry and we try to get together once or twice a year.

    My condolences to the Taylor family.

    Keep writing Diane.


    Joanne Hill

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