I spoke at a funeral service yesterday for a woman named Debra. She was 61 years old. One of the hallmarks of her life was her love for children. She gave birth to three and then over the years took into her home many children who were badly in need of love and care.
I was deeply touched that at the service many of these children, who are now young adults, were present. It was very evident that Debra had opened her life to special needs and marginalized children. It was also very evident that they loved her very much. Debra did not just talk the talk; her life was evidence that she honored the priorities of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a story in the life of the most glorious and beautiful human being who ever lived:
Then children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the parents, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 19:13-15
The family had requested to have 1 Corinthians 13 read. This was Debra’s favorite chapter in the Bible. This chapter is called the love chapter because in it Paul describes the nature of God’s special love, agape.
I am grateful to Debra, who allowed the wisdom of 1 Corinthians 13 and the Spirit of Jesus to govern her life. There are many children who feel likewise.