Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Weeping Wanda

Remember the character Weeping Wanda from Good Times?  Wanda was played by Helen Martin who would later play Pearl Shay in 227, along side Marla Gibbs, Jack√©e Harry and Regina King.  In Good Times, Weeping Wanda was the professional funeral goer of the Southside Chicago Ghetto.  I've been feeling a lot like Weeping Wanda recently.  December was definately a month to remember.  I lost so many people during December to death, high school classmates, colleagues, family friends, childhood mentors and the list goes on and on. I was at a funeral yesterday and was reminded to "Hold to God's unchanging hand." 

The eulogist told us that the deceased person preached their eulogy through the way that they lived, and the only thing that he had to do as a pastor at that moment, was to comfort the family.  In a weird way, I often wonder what will be said about me when I make my eternal exodus.  The words to the song "Only what you do for Christ will last" quickly come to mind.  Preach your eulogy through living your life, just as my dear friend David did.  I have learned that death is as much a part of life as birth is.  Remember to "Hold to God's Unchanging Hand."  It's preaching time!

Time is filled with swift transition,
naught of earth unmoved can stand.
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God's unchanging hand.

When your journey is completed,
if to God you have been true,
fair and bright the home to glory,
your enraptured soul will view.

Hold to his hand, God's unchanging hand.
Hold to his hand, God's unchanging hand.
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God's unchanging hand.

Peace,
Karsten

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