Tuesday Spiritual Column: A legacy
BY ASHLEY RHUDE
Three weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a 66-year-old man – a husband, a mentor to many and the father of my best friend. He passed unexpectedly when an emergency surgery took a bad turn and my friend wasn’t able to get home in time to say goodbye. I’ll never forget the phone call I got from her on that day. My husband and I immediately grabbed hands and lifted her up in prayer. It was quite a surprise.
The days that followed went quickly and next thing I knew, six of my closest girlfriends and I were on our way to Ohio for the funeral. I was the driver and as the girls chatted and played some games on our four-hour car trip, I found myself zoning in and out of their conversations.
My mind drifted many places as I tried to imagine the heartache my dear friend had just been through. I must admit that I began to feel guilty for all the people I have in my life and how easy it is to take them for granted. Living several hours from both my family and my husband’s family, it can be very difficult to schedule a whole weekend for a visit. A new month starts and we realize weekends are already full so a visit gets put off until the next month. As we pulled up to the church, I began to think in my head, “Well, what if there isn’t a next time?” My friend didn’t get that opportunity with her dad.
After an entire package of tissues and quite the array of emotions, the funeral ended and the casket was carried away. Her father touched the lives of so many people in his 66 years here. Community people, congregation members, childhood friends, siblings and his own children all shared such beautiful stories of the way his faith was displayed in every area of his life. He led so many people to the Lord and loved others just as Christ commands. Though there was pain surrounding this family’s loss, there was also such rejoicing as they all know they will see him in Heaven again someday. That’s something to celebrate!
My friend continues to miss her Daddy. She’s sad that he’ll never be there to walk her down the aisle and meet her kids. She misses being able to call him after she acquires a big account at work. She longs for a great big Daddy hug again. But, even in the midst of all her pain and grieving, she’s thankful for the legacy her father left behind. His faith is her inheritance – a rich one at that. What a beautiful gift!
Nicole Nordeman sings a song titled, “Legacy.” The song is a great reminder that it dosen’t matter how many people we impress or how much we accomplish in our life. She sings, “I want to leave a legacy, how will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to you enough to make a mark on things?”
My friend’s loss reminds me just how short life is and I don’t want to waste a precious moment. Make time to get acquainted with your Father in Heaven today. Make your family and friends a priority and give your love freely. Worry not about the temporary things of this world. Our time here is brief and a gift so we must be intentional each day, friends. What kind of legacy will you leave?
The Tuesday Spiritual Column is entirely the opinion of this week’s writer and does not necessarily reflect the view of Northview Church as a whole.by