Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Graveside Service for Kathryn Robb Lawry

My remarks at the graveside service for Kathy Lawry

We gather together today to commit Kathy Lawry to her final resting place beside her husband and true love, Lloyd. We gather to comfort each other in our grief and to honor the life Kathy lead. A life that was full of hope, happiness, laughter, and love; through good times as well as in bad.

In a notebook of things collected by Lloyd, I found the following verse from a page he titled: In Remembrance of Our Loved Ones.

In the graveyard sweetly sleeping
Where the flowers gently wave
Lies the one we loved so dearly
In her silent, lonely grave
Peaceful be thy sleep, dear Mother
Tis sweet to breathe thy name
While in life we loved you dearly
Still in death we do the same

As we commit Kathy to her final resting place, I want to read the powerful scripture found in 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.'  'O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory?'"

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