OPAL BANDY. This afternoon I will share a funeral message for a woman who obligated me with that responsibility years ago. I served as this elderly woman's pastor for six years but left that pastoral assignment in 1993. While I was her pastor she would remind me often that I was to preach her funeral, as she put it. It didn't matter the occasion--after a church service, at a fellowship gathering, on a routine visit--whatever else was said, she would remind me of this responsibility. After I left Shepherd Community, whenever I would see her or whenever we talked on the phone, she reminded me of this commitment. And I always told her I would fulfill it.
So, this afternoon, I will fulfill my sacred obligation to Opal Bandy.
Opal, it will be my privilege to "preach your funeral." I am unworthy to do so, but I will. Now, may God rest your soul as you begin to "dwell in the house of the Lord forever."