i went to a funeral today…one of a friend’s dad.
i didn’t really know him, although i had met him and had a single interaction with him.
but i feel like i know him…now more than ever.
i have been to several funerals–those of family members, those of friends, those of teenagers, those of grandparents, those of people i knew well, and those of people i have yet to meet. but for some reason this one struck me as different.
it wasn’t sad really, but more of a happy sad.
it was a sad that as tears formed in your eyes, a smile appeared on your face.
it was a real celebration.
a celebration of life well lived.
a celebration of love well given.
a celebration of a man who gave his all.
a celebration of a man who lived this out:
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing.
~2 timothy 4:6-8, taken from a reading read at the funeral.
as one of the speakers talked about his legacy living on as long as the memories of him lived, i thought about the living legacy he leaves.
the legacy implicit in the lives of his 8 children, his too-many-to count grandchildren and great grandchildren.
the legacy that manifests itself in their pride, their faith, their endurance, their love…among other qualities mentioned today.
the legacy that allows my friend not to settle for a man less than that of the character of her father (which could explain why she still hasn’t settled…and why she shouldn’t until she finds it).
the legacy that pervades the memories of the granddaughter who so eloquently eulogized a “da” that any of us would be proud to call.
the legacy that brings all 8 of these kids (despite their many differences, despite the many time zones, despite the various commitments) together to celebrate him, his life, and his legacy.
the legacy that lies within each of them…
and the legacy that was passed on to each of us today.