I have had a couple of hard days. My heart has been very heavy since yesterday afternoon when I got an email from LeAnn saying that our precious friend, Anne Belk, had crossed the threshold of Heaven to be with Jesus on Saturday.
I went to Anne’s funeral with a few P31 friends this afternoon. It was beautiful – but it was hard!!!!! My heart is breaking for her 13yr old daugher, her 15 yr old son and her adoring husband, Carl.
During the funeral, a close friend of her’s read several entries from her personal journal and from her CaringBridge blog. What I’ll remember most was how Anne described her times with Jesus and how she thanked Him for her precious husband- such a picture of God’s unfailing love as he sheltered and cared for her each day during the past year.
As I’ve thought about Anne these past two days, Nicole Nordeman’s song “Legacy” has been playing in my head. The chorus lingers:
I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy.
Anne chose to love. She pointed to God in every waking moment. Anne touched the lives of everyone God placed within her sphere of influence. Throughout her life, and even through her battle with cancer, she reflected God’s grace. She radiated a heart of worship and adoration for Jesus and praised His name – no matter what!
In the midst of physical pain, Anne wrote a beautiful Psalm. It was on the funeral program so that we could remember the legacy of Anne R. Belk, a woman who was “joyful always, prayed without ceasing and gave thanks in all things.”
“Hallelujah! Praise Yahweh! Praise God! Though I walk through darkness, my Lord lights my path. Though fear and worry surround me, my Lord shows me the way. Though sickness has not left me my Lord holds my hand. Though doubt creeps in my mind, my Lord lifts me and carries me. He is my strength when I am weak. He never leaves me. His love surrounds me. I praise His Holy Name. To focus on my Lord, I receive the peace He offers me. I praise His Holy Name.”
The funeral ended with “Remember Me“- a song Anne had chosen by Mark Schultz.
This is how I remember you Anne. As I end this day, you challenge me to live and love well, and to ask, “How will they remember me?”
Will I choose to love? Will I point to Him enough to make a mark on things? I want to be an offering. As a child of mercy and grace, like Anne, I want to bless His name unapologetically and leave that kind of legacy!