Funeral for Susan Girod
Prayer: Psa 30:5 “Weeping may endure for the night but Joy comes in the morning.”
Today we’re here to say good-by to Susan Girod, not good-by forever, we will see her again in Glory. But we’re here to honor Susan, and to show our respects, but we can also be here to celebration Susan’s Home Coming. Susan is in a far better place, free from all sickness and pain. She is now walking on streets of glory with the Lord Jesus Christ, free from arthritis and full of joy.
With those thoughts in mind, I would like to read to you 3 portions of scripture.
PSALMS 23. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. (3) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (5) Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."
And from (John 11:25-26) Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
And again in (John 14:1-6) Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3) 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. (4) And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
OBITUARY: Susan Girod
Born: Aug. 15, 1920
Died: May 17, 2004
Susan is survived by her three sons, Mike, Robert, Richard, and her many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Susan was born in Hawaii and married her was husband Robert in the 30's. Robert, her husband, passed away in 1972.
Susan was primarily a housewife & mother, but she did work a short during WW II. She took care of her family and her household, and did an excellent job. .
Susan was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Susan loved flowers and plants, and she loved the Hawaiian foliage and scenery. She also loved antiques.
In the few times that I met Susan, I always thought that she was a very kind woman and very sweet.
Her last days were better than her 1st in the sense that she came to know the Lord in a greater way. This is something that we are so thankful for, because we have an assurance that she is in heaven with the lord.
(At this point, would anyone like to say something about Susan?)
MESSAGE: It's hard to say goodbye to someone that we love. We feel such a sense of loss. But we will see her again. Sometimes we feel a sense of guilt. We think, “If we could only have done more for them.”
But we should not feel any sorrow for them or any guilt because they’re in a far better place.
A. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
Paul says in these Vs that we do not have to have sorrow.
a. Why does he say that? He gives us 2 reasons.
b. 1st of all because they are with the Lord forever.
i. We don’t need to feel sorrow for any one that has died knowing the Lord. They are with the Lord now and forever.
The 2nd reason why we should feel no sorrow is that we will be with them again.
a. Paul said in this same V together we will be with the Lord.
b. For all those that know the Lord will be reunited.
B. Not everyone will go to heaven, but Paul shows us the way.
Paul said in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith (through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ); and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
a. And in Romans 10:9-10 Paul said, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
i. Salvation only comes by accepting Jesus into your heart, and making Him your personal Lord and Saviour.
ii. This is something that Susan did.
b. Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
i. Those that have died in the Lord are blessed. They rest from all the trials and tribulation that we have on earth and they enter into the joy of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8 Paul said. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
a. For the Christian when the spirit leaves the body, they are present with the Lord.
b. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Paul said something about death, which is very comforting.
a. Paul said in Philippians 1 (V 21) “to die is gain.” And in (V 23) he said, “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”
b. Paul says that heaven is FAR better.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
a. In (Revelation 14:13) it says that those that have died in the Lord are blessed.
In conclusion, I want to read to you a few different passages of scripture.
In (Matthew 25:14-23) Jesus tells the story of the servants and talents. When the master returned and found the servants doing what he had for them to do, He said to them, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I'll make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord."
The Lord has already said this to SUSAN.
Jude 24-25 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”