Thursday, 18 April 2013


I've had many 'firsts' in my life -- first love, first marriage, first baby, first diagnosis of cancer, first other things, but this past Monday, I experienced a new 'first.'  I 'officiated' at my first funeral service -- of Gary Richard McMullen, age only 65, who died suddenly of a heart attack.  I never thought as I walked down the aisle and sat on the platform, that I would find myself helping to conduct a funeral service for our friend, Gary.  I have sung many times at funerals (which I did on Monday as well), but never preached at a funeral before.  God was with me -- He filled my mouth with the Good News about Jesus.  Many times in my life I have given the gospel message, but never like this.  I didn't think I would be able to do it, but I lived what the Bible says:  "With God, all things are possible."

Doug had a 'first' as well.  He gave a short eulogy, and his cell phone went off in the middle of it.  It was very funny, and appreciated by all, as he was talking about always being able to get Gary on the cell phone.  Then the phone rings.  Perhaps Gary was trying to get Doug on the phone.   And Gary did work for NBTel for many years.

Rest in peace with Jesus, Gary....May God's love be with your beloved wife, Jeannie, and your beautiful family.  Til we see you again...


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Seggie said...

Sorry to hear about Gary. I'm sure his family really appreciated you and Doug's input to the farewell. Proud of you.