Sir Godfrey Gregg ROMC, OHPM

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Timothy 4:6, 7).

As soldiers show their scars and talk of battles when they come at last to spend their old age in the country at home, so shall we in the dear land to which we are hastening, speak of the goodness and faithfulness of God who brought us through all the trials of the way. I would not like to stand in the white-robed host and hear it said, “These are they that came out of great tribulation, all except one.”

Would you like to be there and see yourself pointed at as the one saint who never knew a sorrow? Oh, no! for you would be an alien in the midst of the sacred brotherhood. We will be content to share the battle, for we shall soon wear the crown and wave the palm.

“Where were you wounded?” asked the surgeon of a soldier at Lookout Mountain. “Almost at the top,” he answered. He forgot even his gaping wound–he only remembered that he had won the heights. So let us go forth to higher endeavors for Christ and never rest till we can shout from the very top, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

Today we have a soldier who can shout from the mountaintop and show the scars obtained in battle. Oh, brethren, a pilgrim on the road from St. Vincent and the Grenadines where the mission started and ended on Enterprise main road in Barbados. Queen Mother Bibby ran the race and has kept the faith. Today, as her body is laid to rest many, will ponder where has her death left us. There was no better way for Paul to put is “To be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord”. (2 Corinthians 5:8) “For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a nightbut joy comes in the morning”. (Psalm 30:5)

“Finish thy work, then rest,
Till then rest never;
The rest for thee by God
Is rest forever.”

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees
or diplomas but for scars.”

Of an old hero the minstrel sang–

“With his Yemen sword for aid;
Ornament it carried none,
But the notches on the blade.”

What nobler decoration of honour can any godly man or woman sought after than his/her scars of service, his/her losses for the crown, his/her reproaches for Christ’s sake, his/her being worn out in his/her Master’s service.

Our Patriarch and Chief Apostle Sir Darrel, Clergy and members of The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel extend our deepest sympathy to the family and all that mourn her loss.


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