John6 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Revelation And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Funeral For The Golfer
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. There is something about this great portion of scripture which consoles us. The Bible refers to our bodies as tents, and for a little while, a tent can be a wonderful home.
When a hiker is in the mountains, enjoying the wonderful outdoors, a tent can be exactly what he needs when he becomes weary and needs a place to rest and be refreshed. You remember the scripture we read earlier. I go to prepare a place for you, so that where I am, there you may be also.
Tents are good for a purpose and helpful for a season, but they can wear out. The fabric can become weak and torn and the poles can collapse.
Therefore, we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. Probably no one has given us a clearer picture of what death means to a mature Christian than grand old John Quincy Adams. When that remarkable American was turning four-score years, he was hobbling down the street one day in his favorite city of Boston, leaning heavily on a cane.
But this old tenement that John Quincy lives in is not so good. The underpinning is about to fall away. The thatch is all gone off the roof, and the windows are so dim John Quincy can hardly see out anymore. But as for John Quincy Adams, he never was better… never was better!
With this he started hobbling on down the street, believing without a shadow of a doubt that the real John Quincy Adams was not a body that you could enclose in a casket or bury in a grave. He recognized that beyond the temporary physical man on the outside, there is a spiritual and eternal man on the inside.As I learned the game, I struggled with thinking too much.
There are so many aspects of the golf swing - head down, elbow in, left arm through, pivot and turn, squared shoulders, etc. It's so easy to get bogged down in the details. So there I was, hitting the ball, more often than not, perpendicular to its intended course.
Non-pastoral words and expressions formed in my head. Dave was leaning against the cart, watching me implode, and simply said, "Just remember, Pastor: One shot at a time, one hole at a time. At church, Dave took time simply to be with visitors, not rushing out the door after services. He was very thoughtful in meetings, focusing on what or who was in front of him. If you've ever watched Tiger Woods play golf, you'll notice he embodies this philosophy. When he hits a bad shot, he'll grimace and mutter something.
But in a matter of seconds he moves on to the next shot, which usually lands close to the hole to save par. It's an amazing level of focus and self-control. Watching that kind of focus and control in a person's spiritual life is no less amazing.
When each of us was with Dave, we had his full attention. That's a rare gift but a powerful way of living and serving others.
The apostle Paul also was a man of one focus. He focused on following, submitting to and glorifying Jesus. That focus gave him passion and purpose. The great theologians and saints had that same focus.
Remember Paul's words from Philippians 3: "Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
He always was looking to the big picture. Today he'd want us to do the same. Death brings many distractions and details, and our thoughts can become confused and frustrated by our depth of grief. We feel like our lives have been scattered and lost like so many errant tee shots. In these moments, Dave's advice - and Paul's - can be so helpful: One day at a time, one shot at a time, one hole at a time.
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Funeral Poem For A Golfer
Sign in. Forgot your password?I'd just finished reading the entire Sermon on the Mount--the Gospel according to St. Matthew, chapters five through seven.
After finishing, one the inmates raises his hand. The question gave me pause because just the day before we had been talking about the Sermon on the Mount in our Sunday School class. The argument the teacher made in our class was that the Sermon was un attainable.
He made the argument Martin Luther popularized, that the Sermon is intended to humble us, to show us how salvation by works is impossible. So, is the Sermon on the Mount attainable? I guess it all depends upon what we mean by "attainable. Christian history is full of biographies of saints who have loved enemies and turned the other cheek.
The point being, in any given moment of any given day I think the Sermon on the Mount is attainable. Given that assessment, the question might move on to issues of sustainability and maintenance. Is it possible to sustain, decade after decade, a faultless adherence to the Sermon on the Mount? I think the Sermon on the Mount contains the answer to that question in the Lord's Prayer: "Forgive us our sins. On the one hand, you don't want to say that the Sermon is unattainable because clearly it is attainable.
We really should try to attain to the ideals set out in the Sermon. And, with the help of God, we actually can attain these things. But on the other hand, the Sermon is so imposing we know we are surely going to fail. A lot. So how are we to thread the needle? Well, this might be the worst metaphor you'll ever hear, but I'd like to compare the Sermon on the Mount to golf. I don't golf a lot. But when I'm visiting my family I golf with my Dad.
WINNING IN LIFE! (A GOLF SERMON MONOLOGUE)
He's very good. If you don't know anything about golf all you need to know for our purposes is this: Golf is hard. It's a frustrating and infuriating game. Hence Mark Twain's quip: "Golf is a good walk spoiled. There were times, particularly in my early years with the game, where I felt that golf was a form of Calvinistic self-loathing or Catholic self-mortification.
That you could either whip yourself for your sins or go golfing. The two seemed equivalent, spiritually speaking.Golf Course of Rhymes. Two of these poems are parodies. The poem or lines from it could be used in a tribute to a golfer that has played his final round.I Hear You're A Racist Now, Father! - Father Ted
The sunset slowly tells the death of day. At last deserted in each sand-strewn tee. The caddie homeward wends his weary way. And leaves the links to silence and to me.
The shadows lengthen on the grassy slopes Where nibbling sheep still dot the scene with white. They fade away, like fleeting earthly hopes, And melt into the shades of coming night. All silent, save for sounds of bleatings faint That float to me upon the evening air; Or, from the darkening wood, some twittered plaint Of birds that seek nocturnal shelter there. Upon these close-mown greens, this fading field, Where hazards full of hidden dangers lie, The warriors of peace their weapons wield, And in the friendly contest daily vie.
No more to-day, with shouts from happy lips, They send their greetings on the ambient air, And tingle to their very finger-tips, Enchanted by this game beyond compare. Not all who tread these greens can win success, But few can hold the cups and medals bright. Yet all may gain that priceless blessedness, The ruddy health that makes all burdens light.
For A Golfer
It is not only they that rule the tees Who summits of athletic joy have seen. Full many a man may play a modest game And feel a joy unclouded, heaven-sent. Here rests a manly man, beloved by all. True sportsman. His example take.
Though small his skill, yet strong his frame well-knit. Of nature kind and patient, slow to wrath. His heart was large, and genial was his wit; All nature smiled along his sunny path. Seek not between these lines his faults to read, He lacked success, yet happy was his fate.
A legacy of sunshine is your meed, If you his cheery virtues emulate. Golf Course of Rhymes Exploring the links between golf and poetry.
An Elegy on the Links The sunset slowly tells the death of day. The Epitaph Here rests a manly man, beloved by all. Like this: Like Loading Filed Under: golfgolf poetrygolf poetry bookspoetrysports poetry Tagged With: Francis Bowler Keenegolfgolf poetrygolf poetry booksGolfer Elegygolfer's funeralpoetryrhymessports poetry.
My Caddie! Subscribe Subscribe in a reader. Subscribe to Golf Course of Rhymes by Email. Return to top of page. Blog at WordPress. Post to Cancel.John ESV. Sermons on John Blessed Broken Given. God's Grace. Created for Significance. He is that mighty rock where I find safety. Psa Trust God, my friends, and always tell him each one of your concerns. God is our place of safety. Psa We humans are only a breath; none of us are truly Scripture: 1 Peter Funeral sermon for Henry Allen, who had lingered in weakened condition for many months, and who had become distanced from everyone, particularly his family.
What your eyes tell you is not always the whole truth. Sometimes there is more going on than you can see. Have you ever been tricked by an optical illusion? An optical illusion is something that, when you first see it, you think you know Scripture: 2 Corinthians2 Corinthians Denomination: Baptist.
Funeral Service for a 4 year old child, who was buried in a Natural Burial Site, after a long battle with an agressive cancer. We speak of promise rather than actual achievement.
Scripture: Matthew White, Champaign-Urbana News Gazette. Small girl as golfer in bunker pauses for breath : "He stopped beating it, Mummy.
I think it must be dead. From up New England way comes word of the first casualty from one of those powered golf carts. Fellow wasn't badly hurt, it seems. But he just about wrecked a wisecrack coined by Changing Times: "The advantage of golf is that it gives a person a chance to be a pedestrian without the danger of being run over. Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.
I think that I shall never see a hazard rougher than a tree— a tree o'er which my ball must fly if on the green it is to lie; a tree which stands that green to guard, and makes the shot extremely hard; a tree whose leafy arms extend to kill the mashie shot I send; a tree that stands in silence there, while angry golfers rave and swear.
Niblicks were made for fools like me, who cannot ever miss a tree. An inebriated golfer staggered up to the first tee and asked the caddie, "Whisch way is the hole? The drunk insisted on using his brassie again. This time he swung with all his might. The ball hooked into the woods, ricocheted off a tree, landed square on the green and rolled into the cup. The caddie ran toward the flag, with the drunk stumbling after him.
When they reached the green, the caddie pointed to the ball nestling in the hole and shouted, "Look, sir! The drunk looked "We're in a hell of a fix," he mumbled. Once, when General Ulysses S. Grant was visiting Scotland, his host gave him a demonstration of a game, new to Grant, called golf. Carefully, the host placed the ball on the tee and took a mighty swing, sending chunks of turf flying but not touching the ball.
Grant watched the exhibition quietly, but after the sixth unsuccessful attempt to hit the ball, he turned to his perspiring, embarrassed host and commented: "There seems to be a fair amount of exercise in the game, but I fail to see the purpose of the ball.
She: "Of course not. Over in Africa some of the native tribes have the custom of beating the ground with clubs and uttering spine-chilling cries. Anthropologists call this a form of primitive self-expression. Over here in America, we call it golf. Sweet old lady to golfer vainly searching for his ball : Would it be cheating if I told you where it was? Golf Clerk: Here's your dozen golf balls Shall I wrap them up?
Golfer: Never mind, I'll drive them home. Two Scotchmen met and exchanged the small talk appropriate to the hour. As they were parting to go supperward Sandy said to Jock:. But I had intended to get marriet in the morrn'. Tilt the green once more, sir, and I chuck the match. Doctor William S. Rainsford is an inveterate golf player. When he was rector of St. George's Church, in New York City, he was badly beaten on the links by one of his vestrymen. To console the clergyman the vestryman ventured to say: "Never mind, Doctor, you'll get satisfaction some day when I pass away.
Then you'll read the burial service over me. The game of golf, as every humorist knows, is conducive to profanity. It is also a terrible strain on veracity, every man being his own umpire.If your loved one was an avid golfer then it only seems appropriate to include their passion in their celebration of life.
You can pay them a high honor by using a golf theme when planning your memorial service. Preparing a golf themed celebration of life is not as difficult as you might think. It only takes a bit of time and creativity to plan the theme, collect decorations and pictures, decide on the menu, flower arrangements and choose an appropriate music selection.
Be sure to use your time wisely. You will need time to locate the decorations, photographs, music selections and decide on a menu for the service. Take into consideration everything that your loved one enjoyed about golf while planning the theme. Gather clothes, pictures, golf equipment and anything else you can find that would compliment the theme.
You can find inexpensive decorations at Amazon. Please note, as an Amazon Associate, I receive a commission from purchases. People personalize golf balls for weddings, birthdays and retirements. Simply upload online what you would like to have printed. Personalized golf balls make a perfect takeaway gift for the attendees.
A less expensive option is to give out personalized golf tees. A favorite saying by your loved one could be printed onto the tees. A golf bag would make a nice container to decorate with flowers and ferns. Ferns and tall grasses are good choices to imitate vegetation around water holes. White, budded, but not yet bloomed, roses carefully placed on a patch of grass is a nice touch to add as a centerpiece. As there are not any traditional music associated with golfing, choose the type of music your loved one enjoyed the most.
Put together a selection of favorite and appropriate songs and combine them into a musical slide show. There are sure to be many songs that will trigger memories for your celebration. In your photo-video presentation you can include many golfing photographs of great times that were had on the links. These are great ideas to include in your celebration of life event.
Those who knew and treasured your loved one will make many fond reflections during this celebration. See Funeral Poem for a Golfer. Last night I dreamed I went to Heaven. And when I reached the Golden Gates. An Angel took my arm, and murmured: 'Come inside. No need to wait. In my prayer for you, I asked for things you would not ask yourself.
I asked the Lord to bless you. And grant you long life and good health. I asked him. You too can be a Healer.