At 6:15 on Tuesday, November 13, 2013, Vicki Sweetman stepped from life into eternity.
When I wrote my article “No Little People,” there were few people on this earth that influenced me more than my Great-Grandmother. That influence came because of the way that she had surrendered totally and completely to be used by the Lord.
Life isn’t over for Vicky Sweetman. Her life has just begun.
Below is the prayer I prayed at her funeral just a few weeks ago.
We come to you today standing in the face of our dreaded and devastating enemy, Death. We are reminded and humbled today by the reality that our days, although they may seem long, are but a breath in the wind.
Yet Lord, we also today find ourselves not grieving as those with no hope. Instead, Lord, we realize this morning that this woman was yours – she belongs to you. You, in your grace rescued her through Christ and You love her even more than we do. We know today that she is even now rejoicing in the presence of her Savior.
It is because of the Gospel that we can today celebrate her earthly life. Christ has declared clearly victory and dominion over both sin and death. It was that message of Good News that my Great-Grandmother looked to and believed. It was the message that she lived out day by day through her life and her ministry. And it is the Truth that she is celebrating today and will be celebrating for eternity.
And Lord, it is Your glorious gospel that encourages us even today. Christ is not just for this temporary and earthly life. Christ has died. Christ has risen. And Christ will come again.
Lord, let these truths prompt us today to realize the gravity and urgency of our own lives. Let it force us to examine our hearts and to embrace the truth of the gospel – that we too were lost in sin, deserving of death and punishment, yet you have provided a perfect sacrifice for us in Christ.
And Lord, let it encourage us that this life is not all there is. Eternity awaits.
“For this light and momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen – are eternal.” – 1 Corinthians 4:17-18