Purple here, purple there, purple, purple everywhere. . .tops, dresses, bands and lipsticks. Where O where could I be?
Liz Lyons memorial service. Purple was her color. Love and grace was her game. No, not a game, it was her life.
I wasn't one of the closest ones there to her but we did sit close in church every Sunday morning. We had wonderful chats just before service and usually shared a great big hug before sitting down.
I commented on her beautiful, purple lipstick one morning and said that it could put some wild lips on someone. She grabbed my arm and layed one on my cheek.
We laughed so.
I wore purple lipstick to her memorial service in honor of her. Not quite as purple as hers but as purple as I could get.
Her service was filled with family, friends, co-workers, prayer partners, students, friends from way back and friends up further on the time line. No matter who they were or when they were in Liz's life, they all had one thing to say. . .She was full of love, full of grace, full of mischievousness , laughter, and life. She never had a husband or children of her own, but her life was quite full of loved ones.
We heard beautiful music, beautiful poetry, beautiful stories and last but not least. . .we heard from her. Yes, she was there on the big screen sharing her testimony for all of us to hear.
And the one thing that stood out above all else from her. . .She loved the Lord. OH, she loved her Lord and she wanted everyone else to know and love Him and to know that love He has for us. Even in her years of cancer, she glowed with that love. It came up from her soul and through her eyes right onto you.
As I ponder, I think about this Lord she loved. This Lord I love. And you too. He is royalty. The color purple represents royalty. Maybe this is why she liked the color so much. She was wearing His colors. She was representing Him, but she didn't need the color. She represented Him with her life, with her words, with her smile, with those beautiful eyes of hers. She wore Him all over.
I prayed as I sat there in the pew, Lord, may I wear You as she did. May others see you in me the way others saw You in her. I'm not like Liz. I'm much more timid and quiet, but I love Him still. You might not be like Liz or me. . .you were created to be just you. But we can all wear Him if we have Him in our hearts.
We don't have to have the purple lipstick on. . .for men, that would be really bad;) . . .but for women. . .it could be really fun. No matter what color we wear, lets wear Jesus. Let His love show through our eyes, through our smiles, through our words, through our hugs. And, if you happen to be wearing purple lipstick, lay one on someone. . .it leaves such a wonderful mark!
Liz. . .you left such a wonderful mark on this world!
I'll see you at home.