I enquired of the Lord what to talk about today. Sometimes when I speak to audiences it’s better to wait till the last moment as He often gives me something new to release.
He said that He was happy with what I was going to say, but I had only seven minutes to deliver it.
‘Why Lord? I asked.
‘I completed the creation of the ‘Cosmos’ in six days and rested on the 7th like your mother is doing now. You can do this in seven minutes.’ He replied.
I owe a debt of gratitude to those around Sue in these last years after her husband Tim went to the Glory.
My mother really missed her other half but never really showed it. They were such a demonstration of oneness – married for 69 years.
She also never understood why her daughter, Sarah, was taken at an early age. A mystery she will now understand. This is something every parent dreads, however her faith in her Saviour never wavered.
A special thank you to those looking after her at Stable Cottage, and to those who were with her finally at Westergate House.
A welcome to all who have come from so far too and those who were too far away: Maddy my daughter in Australia.
You have all been Servant-hearted and great companions and friends helping her deal with her loneliness.
I honour those friends who are also dealing with their loss of loved ones today.
My mother going to the Glory is now complete and she is restored to perfection.
She represents an end of a generation:
My mother and father were always there for people. They had a heart for the poor in spirit and needy.
They loved each other unconditionally and were a ‘Christ-like’ example of that love to others.
Why are we here?
We are here to learn to love. No other reason.
God is Spirit and we are made in His likeness.
One of my parents favourite Christian mystics, the Jesuit priest ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quoted:
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
These kind of comments cost him dearly with the church and they packed him off to China to discover the ‘Peking Man’.
My mother loved Cardinal Hume who was my abbot at Ampleforth. A perfect example of a true pilgrim.
It’s all about establishing a close relationship with God. He wants everyone back in His Kingdom: to learn to be intimate with Him and love people unconditionally. He knew us and loved us first.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
1 John 4:8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
We are here to usher in His Presence to those who don’t know Him – on Earth as it is in Heaven.
God is the Potter fashioning us, and reshaping us on the wheel of Life, if we allow Him.
We all go through this either willingly or unwillingly.
The relationship between my Mama and myself had to go through many iterations.
We had some exciting times. Until two years ago I am not sure she saw me any older than 9 years old.
But, it ended in a perfect state of intimacy and unconditional love for each other. We could ultimately be vulnerable with each other, and that was the key.
We did have some funny times – Michele, Elo, Mandy and Sarah will attest to that.
We treated her like a queen and at times we would be dismissed from her presence like unneeded courtiers.
When she finished my book, Warriors of Love I was dumbfounded when she asked me to pray for her long term frozen shoulder. Needless to say the Lord healed her of all pain, and returned virtually all movement.
She loved us praying the Psalms over her and listening to the music you are hearing today. Such a transformation and peace.
Television in her later years was a wonderful companion.
Mandy Murray – despite explaining his real Christian name. And rugby scores – one time she said that England was losing badly against Wales. ‘No Ma’, I countered ‘it’s the time they have been on the pitch. Four minutes and 27 seconds.’
As He loved us first, so a child finds they were loved first by their parents. We learn about this Supernatural and natural love over our entire life span.
I am so glad Sue learned this as I did.
She like me, was adopted, and had to rid herself of an ‘orphan-spirit mentality’ late in her life.
When she died she knew who she was in Christ; a daughter of the Most High God – royal and beloved.
So why did I title this ‘a glimpse of eternity’?
Like a salmon who ends its life swimming upstream to the source, we learn to go up the River of Life back to the Tree of Life: Christ.
We have to do the same thing, but we need to know where the Source is. Salmon instinctively know. We have lost this instinct at the Fall of Adam and Eve.
The Spirit returns to God. The soul can go in two directions. Our task is to ensure it returns to God and Glory. The Body will go from ashes to ashes – until Christ returns.
What is the result of seeing Eternity?
Now, there is a big difference between faith and belief.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We need belief. My mother had a great faith, yet only two years ago feared she might not be going to Heaven. She wondered if she would see her Timmy (my father) again. I disavowed her of this lie and fear rapidly.
This has been one of my prime tasks as a son who knew who he is in Christ: to give her a glimpse of Eternity and to have her understand she is in His Kingdom. Not just part of the 63000 fragmented denominations of Christianity. Jesus came to bring His Kingdom to Earth – not to invent Christianity.
What do we do – my beloved and myself? We give people a chance to see Heaven.
Sue got a glimpse.
One day we came into the hospital and she told us Jesus had appeared to her. Hallelujah. The visible image of the invisible God. Love turned up – it’s all about love.
Sue learned to love. Have you learned to love?
By His visitation she was left no doubt as to His existence and her future. How amazing is that?!
She had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour. She became a friend of Jesus.
Tim her beloved – who was deeply spiritual, was her ‘Boaz’ (her kinsman-redeemer) just like Jesus is to us. Sue was his Ruth. She chose – like Ruth to lie down at the feet of her Boaz. Her ashes are buried outside at his feet in the graveyard. Thank you Sarah and Francis for being there on Thursday.
The Communion which I have added may appear unusual, but we are celebrating my Mother’s glorification in Heaven as well as that of Jesus.
My mama rarely missed going to Church on Sunday and having the priest serve her Communion. Even when confined to home and Westergate, we pressed for ministers to visit her and give her the Eucharist.
Just as the unbelieving disciples on the road to Emmaus walked with the risen Christ not recognising Him, until He broke the bread, signifying His body.
So we as followers of Him, take Communion to recognise Him, receive revelation by His Holy Spirit and become whole with Him. This is what it means to be transfused with His Body and Blood.
The Apostles Prayer – that He so cleverly worded, shows He is the daily Bread. Give us this day Jesus, our daily Bread.
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
When we get a glimpse of Eternity our belief becomes concrete.
I pray everyone here gets a glimpse of Eternity well before you leave this world. It will change your life completely – there is no going back. When the Holy Spirit or Jesus turns up and you see a glimpse of eternity and Heaven, you start along the journey of preparation for eternal peace and joy.
I want to thank Father Tony for celebrating this service. Both He, Father Martin and Father Anthony have been so spiritually supporting, as well as practical.
Tony Brant has helped with the theme of this service of celebrating Sue’s life, and endorsed it. Bless you.