May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:11-12
During Holy Week we buried two of our beloved saints—Betty Buehler Glanton and Dan Strauss. Betty was 99 years old, our eldest member. Dan was 55 years young. Betty wanted to die and for some time seemed unable to do so. Dan died unexpectedly probably from a stroke. Once again we cling to our faith which says that Dan and Betty are sharing the inheritance of the saints in light. God’s presence shines upon them.
Both Betty and Dan lived life fully with appreciation. Are we not better people for knowing them? This is the beauty of the church—we get to know wonderful people who desire to give God glory and serve others with love. I remember Betty ringing the church bell on the fiftieth anniversary of our sanctuary. Betty was instrumental in getting the Beavertown Evangelical United Brethren Church Bell moved to our Meditation Garden. I remember Betty serving as our communion steward for many years I remember Betty buying the palms every year that the children wave on Palm Sunday. I remember Betty saying how much she loved our church. I remember baptizing Dan at the Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River in Israel. I remember how much he felt God’s favor on his Emmaus Walk. I remember Dan’s smiling face as he served as a church usher. I remember his attentiveness to Judi his wife and his grandchildren, Avery and Evan. I remember Dan talking with my daughter Rebekah before worship. They shared a deep love for dogs and Dan helped Rebekah with her candle lighter as she prepared to acolyte.
Betty and Dan were true servants. As I presided over their funerals during Holy Week, I kept thinking of how our church was so blessed by these saints. Jesus conquered death by being raised from the dead. God’s strength is available for all our losses in this world. Let us keep serving and loving and enduring for the greater glory of God.