January 23, 2017 – Funeral of Ida Chacombe
by Pastor Pete Scheele
Grace and peace to you Bob, Ken, Carol, Duane, Ruth, Lynn and all the family and friends of Ida Chacombe. Amen.
Read John 14:1 – 4
“Let not your hearts be troubled.” (Jn 14:1a) Those were the words of Jesus to His Disciples as He was preparing them for His departure from this world. I’m sure that those same words would be the words of Ida would say to all of us today as we come to give thanks to God for allowing Ida Emilia Challacombe to live and be a part of our lives for so many years. Ida would have said those words to us with a smile on her face and twinke in her eyes, because that’s the way that she greeted people most of the time. She would have said those words to us because right now she is in the most brautiful place there is in all the universe, her Heavenly Home. I would suspect that she is sitting in a chair looking out on the beautiful flowers waiting for the time when each of us will be coming to be with her or maybe she already busy with her paint brushes in her hand and she is painting a picture of the beauty that she want to share with each of us.
Oh, our hearts may be troubled now but we need to hold onto our belief in God and especial our belief in Jesus Christ and all that he has done for us, for then we will see Ida again with all the saints, for she is waiting with them for us. Oh, it’s not easy to let go of someone who has been such a joy and comfort in our lives for so long, but then our love for Ida is connected to our love for God and we know that He has prepared a place for us also. Jesus reminds us to, “Believe in God; believe also in Me.”(Jn 14:1b) That’s what Ida did in her life time here with us and that is what Ida would encourage each of us to keep doing, even as our hearts ache from the lose of Ida being physically with us. Oh, Ida is still alive in our heart and minds as she has gone to her heavenly home, a perfect place to be for anyone. It was her faith in God and all that He has done for her that got her to the place where she is right now and it will be our faith in God and all that He is doing for us that will get us to be with her in our heavenly home some day.
Jesus reminds us “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”(Jn 14:2-3) Living with Jesus in our heavenly home, that was Ida’s goal in this world and I’m sure that she would want each of us to have that same goal for our lives. Ida is with God in her heavenly home because her time in this world was completed, her work was done and God took her to be with Him just as He promised.
Jesus also said, “And you know the way to where I am going.” (Jn 14:4) All of us here have been around Ida for a few years and if you have been around Ida you know because she has told you or encouraged you to learn more about Jesus Christ and how He came into this world to take away all our sins so that we can live with Him in the Heavenly home that He has prepared for us. It’s a gift given to us all by God and Ida not only received that gift, but she used it and shared it with all of us here. That’s the work that we still have to do while we are here on this earth. God is going to give us opportunities to learn more about Him and His love for us and He is also going to given us more opportunities to share God’s love with other so that they to will know about the heavenly home prepared for us all by Jesus life, death and resurrection. For that’s where Ida is right now.
“Let not your hearts be troubled.” (Jn 14:1a) we know where Ida is right now. But where will you be when your time on this earth is over. She’s safe in her Savior’s arms right where she would want each of us to be, when our work in this world is done. So thank God for Ida’s influence on your life and remember to thank her when you get to meet her again in your heavenly home. Amen.