True to her calling, faithful to a commitment, and an instrument of mercy was the powerful theme of Ada Geesey’s funeral service. Ada’s family and friends honored her in a service fit for a queen.
Both the Church of God and the Assemblies of God were present to honor Ada’s many years of pastoral ministry, church planting work, and life of mentoring. Ada’s service may be the only funeral in our history to have the entire Alaska District Council’s Presbytery in attendance.
Personally, I enjoyed knowing that Ada’s service was held in the church she planted, officiated by people she introduced to the Savior, and attended by many her life of ministry had blessed.
Hundreds of people rise to call Ada blessed.
What do we do with the heart realities following Sister Sheneman’s death? For me, her death gives me a new “Window of the Soul.” Finding a quiet place to pray, reflect, and meditate, I begin to look deep inside my heart through the window of grief. I see both beautiful and rather ugly things, things that should be built upon and things that should be removed.
Two of the ugliest realities I see through this window of the soul are selfishness and earth-bounded-ness. Without a doubt it is far better for Ida to leave the pain, restrictions, and difficulties of the mortal and to put on the joys and freedoms of immortality. She is much better served to set aside corruption for incorruption. Me? The view through this window allows me to see how much I selfishly cling to the mortal and corruptible.
Not everything in the view is that ugly (by God’s grace). By God’s grace I have enjoyed thirty years of God’s love as demonstrated in relationship with this glorious daughter of God. I have the capacity to be selfish, yet with God’s grace, I also have the ability to give and receive love.
What do you see through the windows of your soul?
Ida Sheneman, MCA’s heroic first lady, died peacefully about 1/2 hour ago (2:45 PM, Sunday, October 28). She had been asking God to allow her to enter heaven right away. Thankfully, God answered her prayer today.
I encourage you to listen to Alfred Flett’s message from the 9:15 service today. Alfred preached a powerful message from the text, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
I’ll update you on funeral plans as soon as they are finalized.
I often mention a former member of the MCA worship family and my dear friend, Chip Harper. Chip is now the Rector of the All Saints Anglican communion in San Antonio, Texas (www.allsaintsanglican.net). Chip and his lovely bride worshiped with us while he was stationed at Elmendorf Airforce Base.
My son loves to read the Robb report (www.robbreport.com). The Robb report is considered the luxury portal. It features exceptionally luxurious items. One of my friends was flying overseas in a private jet, and my son was privileged to get to tour the jet. I said, “Son, this is probably the closest we’ll ever come to one of these birds.” “Dad,” he said, “I am going to own one of these some day.” Why do I talk so small?
Ida Sheneman asked me to thank all of you who are praying for her. I was privileged to visit with her in Bellingham on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gary and Jael dropped into Ida’s home and we sang hymns and rejoiced in God’s great goodness. She is very much wanting to be free from the pain and be present with the Lord.
Interestingly, Ida said, “I’ll be with the Lord soon. Is there any message you want me to give to Neale or the others already in heaven?” Wow! That is far better than FedEx or UPS.
Our founding Pastor’s wife, Sister Ida Sheneman, is living in much pain and is asking God for pain relief. Ida is very much a hero in our congregation and is loved by everyone.
God is well able!
Since we are drilling down into what it means to be a local congregation, shouldn’t we know the sports preferences of our membership :0)
Rockies or Red Sox?
I vote Rockies.
So what did you think of the Global Outreach week? 1. What did we do well? 2. What could/should we do better? 3. How many services did you attend?
It is clear to me that the prayer that united all of the speakers into one extended and powerful voice was well done. I often feel that we could do better on presenting the heart of the need. I attended all of the services.
Someone suggested that BLOG could stand for Bright Light of Glory or Blessing Lives Operating Globally or Brave Like our God.