Then My Living Shall Not Be in Vain

On this past weekend I attended a memorial service for an elderly gentleman.  The presiding personality came to a portion of the service where family, friends, community and church were asked to say something memorable about the deceased; to speak to his good qualities, deeds, character, personality or service.  After a long moment of deathly silence, not one soul rose to speak on his behalf.  No one had anything to say.

I thought that this was a sad commentary to the close of a life that had spent over 73 years on earth. 

I am sure that someone had something good to say about the deceased.  However, they just weren’t at the funeral that day.

This made me pause and think to myself, “I don’t want my living to be in vain.”  I want somebody to miss something about me that would make it easy for them to speak at my memorial service.  I want to help somebody to the extent that if they were to be asked to help eulogize me, it wouldn’t a chore but a pleasant stroll down memory lane. 

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

~ Bishop O.W. Prince

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When you attack one, you’ve attack us all/ Remembering 911


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Americans are marking the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Tuesday with solemn ceremonies and a mindset to never forget the tragedy.

“It is extremely important that people never forget what happened on Sept. 11,” said New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, according to USA Today.

Families of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 attacks are attending memorial services at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa.

“More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed,” President Barack Obama stated in his proclamation of Sept. 11, 2012, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. “But as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a Nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness.”

The Word of God instructs us to pray for All men, especially our national leaders. Therefore, I solicit your prayers for our nation and its leaders.

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

“Keep Looking Up!”


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“If We Knew”

The following is a poem that was read at the memorial service of a young teenager who died tragically in an automobile accident. His name is being withheld out of respect for my dear friends – his parents. Maybe the word in this poem may inspire someone to love a little bit more; to forgive a little more quickly; to share a little more frequently and to spend a little more time with the ones they love.

If we knew

If we knew it would be the last time

That we see you walk out the door,

We would give you a loving hug

And call you back for more.


If we knew it would be the last time

We’d hear your voice or see your face,

We would record each word and action

So we would remember your time in this place.


If we knew it would be the last time,

We could spare a minute or two

We’d stop and say, “I love you,”

Instead of assuming, you would know we do.


If we knew it would be the last time,

We would be there to share your day.

We’re not sure you’ll have many more,

So we can’t let this one slip away.


Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,

Young or old alike,

And today may be the last chance

You get to hold your loved ones tight.


So if you’re waiting for tomorrow,

Why not do it today?

For if tomorrow never comes,

You’ll surely regret they slipped away.


So please take that extra time

For a smile, a hug, or a kiss,

And don’t be too busy to grant someone,

What might be their very last wish.


Hold your loved ones close today,

And whisper in their ear,

Tell them how much you love them

And that you’ll always hold them dear.


Take time to say, “I’m sorry,”

“Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” or “It’s okay.”

And if tomorrow never comes,

You’ll have no regrets about today.

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