Today’s Names

Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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After the message at my mother’s memorial service today, I will share some names:

  • Betty Bowen Morrow Bahn
  • Katheryn Elizabeth Bahn
  • Louis William Bahn
  • Eugene Bahn
  • E. Lawrence Bahn, Jr.
  • Martha Leta Lewis Bahn
  • Nicole Micek Bahn
  • Barbara Lynne Bahn Lohrmann
  • Eric Lohrmann
  • Genevieve Prigge Dolan
  • William Schott
  • Hershel Raymond Hancock
  • Robert Edward Dolan

These are loved ones near and dear to those who will be gathered  today at the memorial service for Evelyn Estelle Dodson Bahn, my mother. Two of my sisters, my father, my mother and father-in-law, a daughter-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and an aunt: each touched our lives in special ways. Each will be remembered for his or her unique gifts to us. God has blessed us with some wonderful people who have shared our lives. For them we give him thanks.

Some of those memories…

  • Pizza made with biscuit dough, ketchup, American cheese and hamburger
  • Family Christmas concerts – with or without the sung 1, 2, 3, 4 direction of Mom
  • Scrabble games with helpful hints offered by Eric, or lengthy study times by Barbara
  • Dominoes games with the not-so-subliminal chant, “Play on me…Play on me…”
  • Rice Chow-Now
  • God’s Minute or some other daily devotion
  • Meeting at least a dozen of her friends as we tried to leave Saxony Village
  • Unusual gifts to which Mom would say, “It’s the thought that counts.” And I would wonder, “What thought did you give to that, Mom?!?”
  • A visit to Vernal when Dad was driving, Mom sleeping in the back seat, popping up and saying to the Highway Patrolman, He wasn’t speeding!” He answered, “How would you know; you were asleep in the back seat?”
  • The impromptu parking lot in the yard at 917 Bellevue for SEMO football games
  • The large magnolia tree in the side yard.
  • Blue Shag carpeting, the theater organ with the doorbell.
  • “Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.” Or references to “Growing up in the Oklahoma dust bowl during the Depression.”
  • The Sands Motel, or West Cape Rock Drive balcony, Brookwood Drive Christmas celebrations and 917 Bellevue Street

These memories will help us grieve well. We do not grieve, however, as those without hope. For there is another name and a memory that will sustain us forever. The name is Jesus. The memory is of his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Through him we can grieve these loved-ones’ deaths. But our hope in him is that we will join them before the throne in the life of the world to come.

Jesus is our Savior, our hope, and the author and perfecter of our faith. He won our salvation and secured a future hope for us all. His name will endure long after our names have been forgotten and we who trust in him will be eternally glad. Thank you for joining us today as we remember Mom, and helping us through this time. May the name of Jesus be praised today and forever.

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