On Tuesday 14th July at 11am, I had the sad privilege of speaking the message at the funeral for my 1½-year old niece. The funeral was held at Kurrajong Anglican Church.
Angela (1 November, 2007 – 9 July, 2009) had been suffering from a serious chromosomal abnormality all her life. You can read some of her story here.
The Bible passage (John 14:1-7) was read by Dominic Steele, a Christian minister and family friend of my sister and brother-in-law, who baptised Angie in hospital a short time before the first of her many operations.
Edit 17/7/09: The first ~4 minutes of the MP3 is Dominic giving a brief introduction and reading the passage. My sermon begins at about 3 min, 50 sec.
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A special thanks to David Ould who provided invaluable feedback in the drafting stage of the talk.
2 responses to “Funeral Message for Angela Janice Richards, aged 1½”
Preach it Lionel! Good job in a difficult situation. Praise God that even though death is wrong, that when we die Jesus has prepared a place for us! Thanks for your faithfulness.
You did so well on Tuesday. I was so inspired by the way you and your family were able to do what was called of you on that day. Jen & Paul amazed me, as did your message. Your clarity in “putting the pieces together” at a time when your whole spirit probably felt completely frazzled astounded me. I understand that the kind of strength needed for a situation like that can only come from God but you are to be commended for folowing his lead.
Continuing to keep you all in my prayers,