A Godly man just left us to be with the Lord.
Did you hear the angels sigh, then shout?
They sighed because a truly humble servant,
a diligent laborer, a Godly man,
was gone from the Earth.
They shouted in joy, in response to his
when he crossed over
and into the arms of his Savior.
I knew him… no, I know him,
for he has eternal life: he believed.
He had an honest and good heart, this man,
He heard the Good News and kept it.
He humbled himself in service to others,
even giving rides to strangers
no matter how far they had to go.
He never took credit for his goodness,
he gave it all to you, Beloved
and to our Father’s Grace.
This man was not ashamed of You.
I know he was persecuted, I saw it,
but he never backed down, he never gave up.
I never saw this man pray,
but you could see it in his eyes and in his soul.
His very life was a living prayer.
He is no longer in the company of men,
but he can be seen by the mark he left in this world.
His adult children built a beautiful pine casket for him.
When I walked into the chapel the other day
to say goodbye, fresh pine greeted my nose.
He loved Your creation and would have preferred this
over the scent of a thousand funeral flowers.
He grew in good soil, my Friend.[i]
He produced fruit one hundred fold.
I shall miss my Friend Robert Franklin Bumpus III
but I only have to look at You, my Savior,
to remember him,
because in his life we only had to look at him
to remember You.
[i] Luke 8: 8, Luke 8: 15