“It`s About The Cross”
As I listened one of my favorite songs, “It`s about the Cross” by the Ball Brothers the other day, it reminded me what life it all about. The Chorus of the song goes this way, “It’s about the cross, It’s about my sin, It’s about how Jesus came to be born once, So that we could be born again” Born again…. This week, I had the privilege of celebrating a life that had been “Born again”
Friday was a celebration service for a very special man, Harry Arthur Edge. .
The story goes, he was SENT to Caroline, 56 years ago. She was friends of his sister, and he spotted her from afar and asked about her. On their first date to the Alabama Theater, it was crowded and they realized that the 7:00 was full and they would have to wait for the 9:00 one. Arthur told Caroline that they better go call her parents to let them know why they would be late. She says that sealed the deal, as her parents could see how respectful and proper . They said the main thing they had in common was Jesus Christ. They knew from early on that it took three to make a marriage, as Caroline says, :”YOU AND ME AND THE LORD and mostly the Lord because we are not always right, are we?”
Pastor Carter shared in the service many things about his life. But , as he was looking through Arthur`s Bible, he noticed that he had underlined the whole passages in Proverbs 31: 10-31. What a tribute to his sweet wife of 56 years. It was as if he was saying,” this is what I have found in my Caroline, A Proverbs 31 woman “. They had a sweet, sweet love story….
He was a “Go the second mile and then some” kind of man. The pastor talked about how he joined the church 54 years ago,” and then some” …. He always went that second mile. His, “and then some”, at church, Sunday School teacher, then chairman of the deacons, then chairman of the building committee. His fingerprints could be seen all over his church .
He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army following college graduation. “And then some”….. he served for more than 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He was a great father to 3 grown children, Art, Jennifer and Laura, ….. “and then some” . . . . a grandfather to 4. He was teased for going through a “metamorphosis” when those grandchildren came along because they changed him, one by one. ,He let some of the regimented rules from raising his children , slide just a bit with the grandchildren.!! He was POP to them. He loved all the family times at the lake and had this lake memory I did for them, years ago, when the grandchildren were young, up at his lake house to see… He was a great POP…
He was a Friend to many.
He was celebrated for being a Smart man, “not just smart but a Wise man,”. He was a “Funny” man, and he loved to laugh . He was considered a “Great” man by all who knew him.
He lived out his favorite verse, Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”
I couldn`t help but think of Arthur this morning as we sang, “This I Believe” by Hillsong, at church.
“I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
When we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus”
Yes, as Easter is coming next week and we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, we can rejoice that Arthur is celebrating with the Lord today, because He believed in the name of Jesus.
He was born February 17, 1936 in Adel, Georgia. He passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Those dates will not be remembered forever but the dash in between the dates, will count for eternity. The life of Harry Arthur Edge Jr. will be remembered for generations. He lived life well and He loved well…
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
“IT`S ABOUT THE CROSS”