Monday, October 15, 2018
Cookeville, Tn —
Jimmy, Diane, Kathy, and I, along with our family, thank each of you for your attendance today. Let’s spend a few moments hearing from God’s Word.
Readings from 1 Corinthians 15.
Throughout her 93 years, Mildred Danner Brooks simply wanted to be a wife, a mother, and a pastor’s wife, and the best one she could be. She was all that and a whole lot more.
My brother, sisters and I grew up in a home where our parents had a profound disrespect for death. When Mama talked about her own death, she laughed more than she cried; she planned for it more than she regretted it; she looked ahead more than she looked back. Her thoughts about death were happy, confident, and expectant.
Her hope was heaven. Her faith was in Jesus. Her confidence in the gospel began at age 26 under the witness of the Madison Heights Baptist Church in Madison, Tennessee. After all these years, her faith has turned to sight.
In the words of the song, I can only imagine what it was like when Mama entered heaven and saw Daddy for the first time.
Daddy says, “Where’ve you been?” just like he did even when he knew she’d been to the grocery store, the bank, or the drug store.
And then, she says, “Lord, Sam, you’ve spilled stuff all over your robe. Why didn’t you have someone to help you?”
Daddy shrugs, and then, he says, “Ah, I don’t wanna fool with all that.”
And then, Mildred goes right back doing what she’s done on earth – serving the Lord and taking care of Daddy.
Of course, this scene never happened. Of course, heaven’s reunions have far more glory than earthly stories contain. We know for sure, however, that together, at God’s throne of grace, the love they shared in Jesus is complete.
We face our life now without her. We go forward with the knowledge that her greatest love was Jesus, he greatest faith was the gospel, and her greatest hope has ended in sight.
93 years is a long time to wait for the best day of your life. The moment Mama entered heaven was the best day of her life. Let us all thank God, and let’s do our best to be happy for her today. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Today, may the love of Jesus and the hope of the gospel bring you the joy it brought her. May God bless you, and may God bless the memory of Mildred Danner Brooks.