“Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: aim at Earth and you will get neither.” – C.S. Lewis
Yesterday we held the funeral of a mighty woman of God.  Momma Cook was promoted to heaven Tuesday July 7th at 91 years old.   As Pastor Johnny spoke at her home going service about Legacy, I just thought about all the things that Momma cook lived and persevered through.  Pastor Johnny spoke about how when asked, “How are you?”, she would always comment, “It’s Gonna Be Alright!”    He further stated, “ in a day where the emotions and feelings of people are so up and down, Momma cook was simply steady, never a rise in her tone, a sway in her emotions, or stumble in her words, even as her body and health began to fail.”   Pastor mentioned how she was an inspiration to him in that no matter what trial he was going through in ministry, the words of this mighty woman of faith though with failing health, would greet him with a smile and the words, “It’s gonna be alright.”
         “It’s gonna be alright.”  These words are likely spoken each and every day by tons of people, but from the lips of a living, time tested, unwavering, securely anchored woman of God, the weight that they carry is unfathomable.
“These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:1-9 NIV
    I just sense that as Momma Cook uttered the words, “It’s gonna be alright” every time her focus was on heaven and her present feelings or struggles were temporary and her faith in the eternal was her guide.
What is Legacy?
    Joshua 4.21-22: And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.”
    I have discounted Matthew 1 most every time I have read it. The Genealogy of Christ.  Most times I have simply skipped down when it begins with the … Jesus the son of Joseph all the way to the end or actually the beginning … son of Adam, son of God.  There is so much that happened in between, so much history, and so much Legacy of which we are to never forget.
    Can you imagine what each of these lives went through,  Adam saw Gods face… He walked with Him in the cool of the day.   Noah, who was laughed at because of his obedience to God in building a ship then had animals arrive to line up and load on a ship!  David, who killed Goliath, anointed of God, mighty warrior of God. What all did each of these go through?  The Genealogy of Christ includes Tamar and the Harlot Rahab! Are you kidding me.  God was faithful and used a Harlot?  The volumes that could be learned by those who have come before us.
         Though I was fortunate to meet Momma Cook on several occasions I was able to know her as many of you do.  Though brief I could see in her and discern that her faith walk was much like that of my Granny Simmons. I can still faintly hear her voice and I can definitely still hear her say “Nope” when she disagreed with something strongly.
    Psalm 145.4 tells us, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”  We have been raised in the faith and instruction of our parents and those who have come before us.  I still recall the stories of the faithfulness of God that my Granny Simmons would tell us; then recalled by my parents who tell even more stories of how God has been faithful to them.   The weight of their lives and the wake of their legacy reverberates still today.
    The oil tanker called, The Seawise Giant is the longest ocean-going vessel ever constructed.   It was 1504 ft long, over 80 ft wide, displaced 657,019 tons of water with a top speed of 19 mph that took 5 ½ miles to stop.   Its anchor weighing 36 tons sits in the Hong Kong Maritime Museum for all to see what it took to anchor the world’s largest ship.  
    The anchor for which those who lived a life of faith and finished the race “holding on” to the belief and truly knowing that “It’s gonna be alright” are milestones that will continue to encourage our faith walk, and motivate us to instill in the next generation the Truth of the Gospel.
    It was nostalgic standing with Pastor Johnny during the funeral of Momma Cook sharing about her legacy.  I can still vividly recall Uncle John Sr preaching on Sundays and so many funerals, My dad preaching different times so it’s nostalgic. My Generation is now the standard bearer and we recall how God has been faithful to our Grandparents, then to our parents and now to us and we must pass on the truth of the Gospel and the faithfulness of God to the next generation.
    It is said that a person is truly dead when their name is forgotten, or their stories are never spoken of ever again.  In Mexican heritage there is a holiday where the names of those who have died are spoken and their stories, adventures and accomplishments are once again told.  The “Day of the Dead” is not done in a mood of sadness but a day of celebration for the accomplishments and life lived by those who have departed.
It’s encouraging to know that the name of the God the Most High Elohim, Jesus the Son and Holy Spirit live on.  God still has the #1 best seller of all time in His Word the Bible. We need not let the name of God die in our homes, in our families, in our places of work, and in our everyday lives.
    In thinking of Momma Cooks Legacy, the Legacy my parents, born of Granny Jessie Simmons, these have and had a faith that sickness can’t kill, words can’t explain, a coffin can’t encapsulate, grass, dirt and a crypt can’t silence, weak frail hands that are frozen to the Word of God and welded to the hand of God, they leave in our DNA a blessing where we can’t go without being a display of God’s Grace and faithfulness.  It is nothing short of our duty, our call and our command from Matthew 28:18-20“All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”
    The life we live today affects the generations to come. We were meant to give away our lives, focus on Christ, focus on what anchors you, what will anchor your family, focus on living your legacy instead of worrying about leaving your legacy.
We look forward to seeing each of you Sunday at 9am.  It’s so encouraging to gather with our Crown family, believing together, praying for each other and knowing that even though this world seems to be crazy…. It’s gonna be Alright.