Garland Of Grace – 09.20.16

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Hudson and Harbison; thoughts on Committees, Cancer and Christian Service

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her…” – Proverbs 31:25-28

In the fall of 2013, our Lord took His sovereign hand and began threading the needle that would eventually stitch our family into the tapestry of the Seventh Street family. The pastoral search committee consisted of four men and three women. Sadly, three years later, two of the three women have gone home to be with the Lord. Connie Hudson and June Harbison were both genuine Proverbs 31 women. I am forever thankful that the Lord saw fit to intertwine my path with theirs; for my spiritual pilgrimage has been permanently impacted. In this devotional, I would like to share a few thoughts on these two precious saints.

Both Connie and June had a love for family – I can still hear Connie share with me how she met Aubrey back in the day. Stories about Matt and Benton and their families were continually on the tip of her tongue. June’s her love for family was evident as she told of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her love for family radiated in the family gatherings I had the privilege of being a part of at the Harbison residence.

Both Connie and June loved their church – Both Connie and June loved Seventh Street Church. They faithfully poured out their lives into the life of the church. Whether it was music ministry or missions, they both used their gifts and passions for the glory of God. No matter the season, whether spiritual seasons of harvest or seasons of drought, they both faithfully glued their hands to the gospel plow and chose to not look back (Luke 9:62).

Both Connie and June had a love for the Lord Their love for God penetrated every part of their lives, and did so in such a way that their priority to serve the Lord was evident to all. Yet even though their love for the Lord was evident for all to see, they were not on life’s stage performing for people. To the contrary; they performed for an audience of only one – our Heavenly Father above.

Both Connie and June ran the race and finished the course The Bible describes our life as a book, and God as the author of our book (Psalm 139:16). Yet there was a continual dirty word found within the latter chapters of both Connie and June’s books. I know a lot of dirty words. But cancer has got to be one of the dirtiest words I know. Both ladies were physically ravaged by this relentless disease. Yet in the midst of difficulty and adversity, they both finished strong. They ran life’s race to the fullest, and seized every moment for the glory of God. They did not complain or wallow in self-pity, and instead they pressed on by reaching forward for the prize of the upward calling in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).

Connie and June each were a blessing to my life, and I am sure they were to you as well. Let us continue to pray for the Hudson’s and Harbison’s during this difficult time. We say goodbye, but only for a season; for we will be reunited with both Connie and June in heaven.

 – Pastor Eric

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