Sunday, June 10, 2007

Myrrh



Myrrh, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
Yesterday was mom's funeral. You know it was so amazing to see so many of my friends come out and show support for me and my family, and to pay a tribute to mom.

My best friend in the whole world, Willie, was one of the pall bearers. Before the funeral service, he came up and gave me a bag with some small stones in it. I asked him what was in the bag, and he said it was myrrh, and that he had been wanting me to have it for a long time to be able to burn at times when I pray.

When he gave it to me I had a couple of thoughts. I took out one piece of myrrh from the bag for my dad, my brother, my sister, and myself. I explained to my family a little bit about the use of myrrh in Jesus' day.

You see, when Jesus was born, wise men from the east brought him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The gold reflected Jesus's royalty--He is King of the Jews. The frankincense reflected his divinity--He is God in the flesh. The myrrh symbolized his humanity--Myrrh was used in burial preparations for those who passed away. The myrrh given to Jesus pointed to His eventual crucifixion where He conquered sin and death.

My mom is going to be cremated. I suggested to my family that we each place a piece of myrrh on her body, and it would be one last way we could annoint and honor my mom. As she is cremated the myrrh will burn and we will have honored our mom in a very special way. We each placed the myrrh on her body solemnly and reverently before her funeral service saturday afternoon.

As I thought about these special preparations, I realized that my mom was also blessed as my sister, her best friend, and my sister-in-law had a special evening with my mom the last night she was in this world. They took fragrant lotion and moisturized mom's skin with it as they shared a "girls night" with her. I don't think any of us realized what they were actually doing that night. They were preparing mom's body in a similar way to the woman who poured out the spike nard on Jesus. What they did was a good thing, and it deserves to be told again.

We're all going to miss my mom, but I'm glad that each one of us could honor her in some very ancient and special ways. She is a beautiful lady, and we have been blessed to be able to serve and honor her in beautiful ways even after she has departed from us.

May we all remember those who have gone before us, and live faithfully honoring the One who went before each of us to conquer the sting of death and give us victory and life eternal.

3 comments:

John Hancox said...

Wow...what an inspirational post. Billy, God has blessed you immensely through your mother, both in life and death. Once again, sorry we weren't there...but we have been thinking of your mom and your family this weekend. See you soon.

John

The Cogars said...

Thanks for pouring out your heart on the pages of this blog. It has helped us to grieve with you and pray for you and your family. It has also been a beautiful testimony of Christ's redemption and victory over death.

Jenn and I deeply regret not being able to attend your mother's visitation or funeral services. But for our baby boy's imminent birth (he's literally due now), we would be there. However, we continue to pray for you all, and we celebrate the life of a very special woman.

Meghan Baird said...

Billy that was a beautiful way to celebrate your mother's transition into her new body. First the lotions and then the myrrh. Your mom is a beautiful person and deserves those ceremonial tributes. You all did to her humanly body, what Jesus has already done on the inside to present her to God.