Our congregation lost one of our older members this week, and her funeral took place here in Ness today. Until she suffered a stroke a couple of years ago, she sat across from us in church every Sunday, and walked out the aisle after each service with our family ..... No, let me get that right.... she walked out arm in arm with D.R, whom she adored! DR would wait for her, or she would wait for him, and they'd walk out smiling and laughing arm in arm every Sunday.
She was the epitome of a Joyful Christian. Through all of life's trials, she worshipped her Saviour, she spoke of her Lord, and she smiled at the world.
Someone said of her today that 'there was a hug in her every handshake'. So true! The love of Christ simply oozed out of her. What a joy for us to have had the privilege of knowing her.
Today her remains were placed next to the remains of her husband, who passed into glory forty years ago. Tonight, her body may be dead, but she has never been more alive. Her eyes closed the other day, but one day, on that great day of the resurrection, they will awaken to see Christ in all His beauty. Tonight, as we prepare for the Lord's Day, she has entered her eternal Lord's Day.
Her greatest joy on earth was Christ.... Her total joy now is Christ.
Those of us who are still walking the Pilgrim's way seek to display the same love and joy that Annie did. And tonight, we have just a little bit more longing for when we will see our Saviour face to face.
Soon, it will be us.
"Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outwith the gate. Let us go forth therefore outwith the camp, bearing His reproach, for here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come."
Hebrews 13: 12-14