Funeral Service of Andrea Smith
January 9, 1992
High Point Church; Madison, Wisconsin
Andrea was "joyful in hope". Even cancer could not diminish that hope. Andrea's hope was reasonable because she knew the Savior Who said:
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also
in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not
so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place
for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
back and take you to be with me that you also may be where
Because Andrea had this certain hope of heaven, she was never defeated by her disease. She reminds us of another person who recently died of cancer who always carried this poem with him:
WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO
"There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body" (I Cor. 15:44)
Cancer is so limited. . .
It cannot cripple Love
It cannot shatter Hope
It cannot corrode Faith
It cannot eat away Peace
It cannot destroy Confidence
It cannot kill Friendship
It cannot shut out Memories
It cannot silence Courage
It cannot invade the Soul
It cannot reduce Eternal Life
It cannot lessen the Power of the Resurrection.
Our greatest enemy is not disease, but despair.
There is only one cure for the hopelessness of the soul; Jesus said: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25,26). Andrea knew Christ as her Savior and Lord. You can too. Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins. The work is finished. And now God places the ball in your court. What will you do with Jesus...?
For All Saints
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, 0 Jesus, be forever blest: Alleluia!
Thou was their rock, their fortress, and Their might,
Thou was, their captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the dark less drear, their one true Light: Alleluia
0 may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor's crown of gold: Alleluia!
0 blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine: Alleluia!
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day:
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way: Alleluia!
From earths wide bounds, from ocean's farthest cost,
Thru gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Alleluia!
"Thru many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me I Home."
Scriptures She Lived by Psalm 103 Scriptures
She Loved Selected Personal Recollections
"Our lives are as fragile and short lived as this balloon:
But our lives are celebrations as is this balloon.
Celebrate with it! Release it, or pass it on to someone
who needs to know the love of Jesus."
Special Musical Selection
"From a Distance";
It Is Well with My Soul"
When peace like a river attendeth my way.
When sorrows like sea billows roll.
Whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well; it is well with my soul."
It is well with my soul. It is well, it is well with my soul.
If it is not well with your soul please write and Pastor Ted will be glad to help you understand the truth of peace with God!!!