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April 16th, 2011

Obituary: my great-great grandmother

We found this clipping in the old Wolf family Bible a few months ago:

Death and Obsequies of an Estimable Lady at Waterville, June 16

Mrs. Julia Gamble, wife of Mr. C. B. Gamble, who died at Waterville, June 16, 1888, was the daughter of Mr. George B. Wolf, and was married a few years since to Mr. Gamble, and with him faithfully fought the battle of life. She was converted last winter in a series of meetings held in the Methodist Church. She was striken down in the bloom of heath and was a great sufferer, but bore it all with Christian fortitude. She was not afraid to meet death and could say with Paul, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." It was her dying request that her former pastor and the pastor of the Methodist and Baptist Churches should unite in the funeral services, and that the choir sing, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." She leaves to mourn her loss a kind husband, two children, one three years and the other ten days old, a father, mother, one sister and a brother, as [well] as a large circle of relatives and friends. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at Waterville, June 18, at 3 p.m., prayer at the house by Rev. Edwards, of the Methodist church, reading of the Scripture and prayer at the church by her former pastor, Rev. Crotsley, and sermon by Rev. W. H. Porte[?] of the Baptist church; text: Revelation 14 chapter, 13 verse: "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord," followed by earnest remarks by Revs. Edwards and Crotsley. Services were solemn and impressive. Mrs. Gamble was bur[ied ?] her birthday and was 26 years old. [?] was followed to the grave by a large course of people with loving honor [?] was laid down to her rest. The husband and family have the sympathy of the entire community in their great affliction. W. H. P.


(more background)

Riddle: who sits at the table?

"For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves." Luke 22:27

"You prepare a table before me..." Psalm 23:5a

"And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my supper...'?" Luke 17:7-8

How is it that God Himself came to serve (Mark 10:45)? How is it that He prepares a table before His chosen people and a dwelling place for them (John 14:1-4)? I've been learning more and more about this God through the books of Moses and of Luke. It is so true that God reveals Himself to us through His Word and that He sanctifies men and women in the fire of His holiness through that same Word (John 17:17).

Evening in the Word

Yesterday evening was lovely. I met with 6 other brothers and sisters to read through the majority of the book of Luke (from Peter's confession in chapter 9 onward). Each of us read a chapter in turn until we reached the end of the book. How awesome it was to gather around the feet of Jesus and listen to His teaching! After we finished, we shared observations, questions, and studied a difficult passage (Luke 16). We munched on fresh strawberries, oranges, and pretzels as we chatted. Finally, we all turned to God in prayer with our praises, confessions, requests, and thanks. After that we took a walk to Good Stuff and shared the rest of the evening over milkshakes and burgers.

What a blessed evening! We just enjoyed listening, reading, studying, meditating, and praying Scripture. I felt very much like the disciples at the very end of the Gospel according to Luke: "And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen."

Two Observations on Melchizedek

Genesis 14:18-20 - "Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said:

'Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.'"


Observations:

1. Hebrews chapters 5 through 7 show us that Melchizedek is a type of Christ. With this in mind, it struck me interesting that Melchizedek the priest brought only two things: bread and wine. And with what did Jesus initiate the new covenant? (Matthew 26:26-29, Luke 22:14-20, Mark 14:22-25)

2. Just after this, Abraham refers to God as "the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth." That reminded me of how Jonah identified himself and his God: "I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."

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