Yesterday was by far one of the hardest days of my life… I said goodbye to my dear sister and friend Angela. I had the honour of reading these words from Romans at her memorial service …
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:26-28 ESV
What a privilege to be tasked with sharing these words from God’s word at such a special occasion. Especially because these were words that we had often encouraged each other with particularly in the last few months… She fought a long, hard and tenacious battle with cancer and so many times I cried out to God, but without knowing what to pray… We found great comfort in knowing that the Spirit himself intercedes for us. I will continue to cling to these words and to take shelter under the wings of the most high God. He is good and He is sovereign even though I don’t always understand.
In a nutshell Angela was real and she was Godly. So many verses in the Bible talk about a Godly woman (Proverbs 31, 1 Peter 3:4) – just to name a couple.
By the grace of God at work in her, Angela was a woman blessed by God, her children do rise up and call her blessed, she did have a quiet and gentle spirit, she did work hard in her home, she was trusted by her husband, she opened her mouth with wisdom, the teaching of kindness was on her tongue, she was clothed with strength and dignity. She taught other women to love and respect their husbands and how to disciple their children in practical ways.
But Ang was also as real and upfront as they come. She constantly reminded other wives/mums that she was no super hero, and that she needed Jesus just as much as the rest of us. She always gave him the glory and everything in her life was focussed on worshipping him and showing her children more clearly who he is and his love for them.
Ang had a beautiful passion for her mission as a mum and encouraging the mums around her to see their mission and calling and the eternal impact that our role as wives and mums has. Ang loved Jesus with all her heart, she loved her husband with all her heart and she loved her children with all her heart.She took very seriously her calling as a wife and mum and served with all her heart and inspired others to do so too.
She has impacted my life and family in almost every area. She has helped me to love Jesus more, love my husband more and love my children more.
On a humourous note… I will never forget discussing the Bible with my children one day… There is a verse in the book of Psalms that says
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord , the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Psalms 127:3-5 ESV
This was one of Angela’s favourite passages in the bible and she often shared with her children and others what a blessing her children were to her. When discussing this with my children Mr. 4/5 at the time said “well, that family is VERY blessed because they have LOTS of kids”. Such beautiful words in a world where Children are often looked down upon and seen as an inconvenience or burden.
Thankyou Ang for helping me to see that my children are not a distraction from more important work, but that they are my MOST important work.