7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day— and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIVUK)
Tomorrow morning we will look at these wonderful and moving verses in 2 Timothy 4.
Paul’s second letter to Timothy is believed to be the last letter written by the apostle Paul shortly before he was executed on the orders of Emperor Nero. Paul knows that he doesn’t have long to live, but his last letter reads like a heartwarming, poignant, urgent counsel and appeal to his young friend Timothy. Paul the aged apostle is giving these words of counsel and advice to his young disciple Timothy who is going to follow him into leadership.
Paul is saying something that could be true of our dear brother Bill Kenyon who departed this life on Wednesday night 26th August to be forever with the Lord. Bill’s fight of Faith is now over. He has crossed the finishing line, he has kept the faith to the end. Bill adorned his office in a great many different ways as elder, precentor and Sunday school superintendent among many other things, and gave faithful service to his Lord and the congregation of Tarbert over many years. He will be greatly missed in the Harris House home in Tarbert where he was resident for a few years and where he was cared for with devotion and love. In their loss, we commend to God his family Bob, Campbell, Alison, Willie and Mairi, and their own families, as well as his sister’s Grace and Violet in Glasgow.
The funeral service will be at Luskentyre cemetery today at 12 Noon. The Cortege will pass through Tarbert from 11.15 AM for those who wish to pay their respects at the roadside.