Peculiar is not a term normally used to describe a man at his funeral but that was the term used to describe Tom. He mowed the church for years without charge. That might not seem peculiar until you find out the lawn is 7 acres and he did it in his spare time. He would start at the front and work his way back. By the time he finished he had to start over.
Tom was peculiar.
I met Tom when I was a teenager and babysat his baby boys. I learned three things from his him.
- Never move a deep freezer in your 8th month of pregnancy.
- If you take care of infants, you will get peed on. (He offered to buy me a new skirt.)
- If the bird stops singing and falls to the bottom of the cage, it is dead, not asleep.
Tom loved Jesus.
“People are often drawn to us because of our difference, not our similarity. . . . His word says: ‘God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise . . . the weak things . . . to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things . . . which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.’ (1 Corinthians 1:27-29 New Living Translation).”
“God’s Little Instruction Book” Honor Books, 1995
Tom was misunderstood.
Psalms 22:7, 8, “All who see me laugh me to scorn; they sneer with the lip they shake the head, saying, ‘Trust in the Lord, let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, seeing He delights in him.” Modern English Version
Tom was chosen.
1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people . . .” American King James Version
In place of the word “peculiar,” the New Living Translation used the phrase, “God’s very own possession.” Yes, Tom was peculiar, but he was chosen, royal, holy, and God’s very own.
Dear Father God,
Please comfort Joyce, Jayson, and Chris. I see a little of Tom in both of those boys. Tom is missed but we will see him again. May I never forget him.
In Jesus Name,
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