Yesterday I had the honor of singing at the funeral of a precious woman of God, Marguerite Meyer.
I first met Marguerite in 2004 when God called me to serve at Skelly Drive Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK. Over the years that I served there, one of my favorite people to meet and greet on Sundays was Miss Marguerite. She had such a joyful spirit about her. I never remember her having a cross word to say. She was always so encouraging to me and my wife, Christy.
Her obituary stated, “Marguerite was known for her kindness and sweet smile.” What a smile she had. Kent House, who officiated the service yesterday, made a very true observation, “Marguerite didn’t just smile with her mouth; she smiled with her eyes.” When you saw her, those eyes just seemed to sparkle with the love of Jesus. O, how she loved her Jesus. And she served Him well for many years teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
She was known for her smile, but she was famous for her pies and homemade cinnamon rolls. Marguerite was a cafeteria manager for Tulsa Public Schools for many years. That was back when they made everything from scratch. I know she could probably cook and prepare almost anything. But those homemade pies she made for you on your birthday and the cinnamon rolls she made for Church breakfasts and youth camps were her specialty. If you put one of Marguerite’s cinnamon rolls on top of your head, your tongue would beat your brains out trying to get to it! I don’t know if there will be pies in heaven, but if there are, I know who I hope God picks to be in charge of the baking.
Marguerite’s favorite verse was Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Her family reported that she quoted this verse often. And on especially tough days, she would stand in front of the mirror and say it out loud as a reminder to herself. The reason she had the sparkle in her eyes, a smile on her face and the heart of a servant is because she lived each day for Jesus.
Let this verse be a reminder to you today. Don’t let the weight of the world and the circumstances around you rob you of the joy that has been placed inside you by Jesus. Don’t miss out on the chance to rejoice and live every day for Him.
I am so thankful for the Christ-like example that Miss Marguerite lived out during her life. My family and I were blessed to have known her.