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Speaking From the Grave

It was close to thirty-five years ago, and I was a little boy standing by my dad's side after he had preached a funeral. The funeral was at the church of Christ in Daybrook, WV. As the assembly was leaving the church building, I remember an elderly lady by the name of Mintie Shriver coming to my dad and saying the following:

      I wish you wealth.
      I wish you health.
      I wish you gold in store.
      I wish you heaven when you die, How could I wish you more?

I don't know why, but those words meant something to me as a little boy, and they have remained a part of my life ever since. I don't think I had ever met this lady before or after that day. I'm also sure she has been deceased for more than three decades. Yet her influence remains alive today through a brief, one-time encounter with a little boy who was listening in on her conversation with another person.

The Hebrew writer tells us of Abel, the first man to die, and says, "He being dead yet speaketh" (Hebrews 11:4). Friends, don't sell your influence short. What you say and what you do will live long after you are dead and gone; and not just among your friends and family, but among casual acquaintances and bystanders.

What will we speak after we are dead and gone? Give it some thought.

—Steve Higginbotham"...

Glad Tidings of Good Things
Volume 15, March 26
Page 1