When my Dad Edward G. Palmer passed away May 13th, 1995 this is the scripture I chose for his prayer cards.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
King James Version (KJV)
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
For my Mom Mable E. Palmer’s passing in August 1998 I selected the 23rd Psalm. The Virtuous Woman in Proverbs 31: 10-31 also describes my Mom perfectly.
I can only hope when my time comes and I pass from labor to reward both these scriptures will be used to describe my existence on this earth. I hope that I embody both of these character traits of my mother and father.
Neither of my parents was what you’d call religious. They were not church goers but they did believe in God, honesty, discipline, hard work and faithfulness. My Mom and Dad were married for 40 years. I used to be a regular pew-sitter but after my last Aunt died in 2010 I had to ask myself why am I going to church and what good is it doing for me? Or rather who am I fooling? Not God because the Creator knows the creation.
It finally dawned on me that God is not within the four walls of a building. For me personally I find God within Nature. When the weather permits I try to get to some green space to commune with God’s creation. If nothing else for whatever time I have left on this earth I want to be open, authentic and honest with myself if only for peace of mind.
King James Version (KJV)
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth theLord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.