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Eulogy for Alta Garnett (1908-2011)
Written and Delivered by Dr. G. Ted Taylor on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY
Alta Barbee Garnett, Columbia, KY, (1908-2011)
Thirty-seven thousand, four hundred and twenty-four days represents the number of days thatAlta Garnett lived a blessed life. Over this span of time, Alta experienced a stable foundationthat enabled her to constantly adjust to more than a century of rapidly changing culture.
Mrs. Garnett's foundation for her blessed life was one house, one school, and one churchduring her lifetime.
From another perspective Alta Garnett experienced and observed the following moments inlocal history:
As I have focused attention to the days of Alta's life, it is interesting the importance of days inthe Holy Scriptures. I will use a variety of Scriptures that use the word "day" to uncover Alta'ssecrets to living a blessed life.
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.-Psalm 118:24It is said about Ms. Alta that she always looked through rose-colored glasses. In other words,she found the positive in every situation. As an example, Alta was the Grand Marshall for theLindsey Wilson College Homecoming Parade in 2009. She agreed on the following condition:Alta wanted to ride in a convertible with a handsome escort. The temperatures dropped tonear zero but she said that would be fine because this change would allow her an opportunityto wear her mink coat and mink hat. Ms. Alta saw every day as a gift from God to be enjoyed.
Give us each day our daily bread. - Luke 11:3I believe Ms. Alta asked God each day for what she needed to face each day. Her secret was tofollow God one day at a time and at the end of the total was 37,424.
When we trust God with one day at a time, it is amazing what God can do in orchestratingindividual days into a blessed life. Alta's secret to life was to live life to its fullest, one day at atime.
Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere.I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my Godthan dwell in the tents of the wicked.Psalm 184:10Ms. Alta exercised her mind by giving attention to community, state, national, and internationalnews. She was an avid reader of the newspaper and also enjoyed reading books. Listening toall types of music energized her creative energies. Charles and Alta would invite people to theirhouse on Saturday night to play the organ and sing. Alta loved to play the song, "Roll out thebarrel...we'll have a barrel of fun." The organ was the center of her home and Alta was the lifeof the party.
Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. - Exodus 20:8Sunday was Alta's favorite day of the week because she loved to worship God and be withGod's people at the Columbia Baptist Church. Ms. Alta loved to wear her Sunday best clothesto church as she was always dressed to the "T." She saw life as a gift and always wanted tobring her best to Jesus.
Today is the day of salvation. -2 Corinthians 6:2bOver 92 years ago, Alta asked Jesus into her heart and life. This began a love relationship withher Savior that sustained her in this life and continues in eternity. He has a prepared place justfor her and I'm sure there is an organ there.
Alta really is "in heaven" because there are people around her all the time and it's a festiveatmosphere with non-stop music and constant worship of her Savior.
Alta Garnett's legacy that she passes on to the next generation of women who want to bewomen of faith is:
PLAN OF SALVATION...HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
Before you were born, God wanted you to know Him personally. He chose to show you how much Heloves you. But to accept His offer, you need to know the ABC's of Salvation.
A - ADMIT to God you're a sinner: Sin is refusing to acknowledge God's authority over your life.Everyone sins. The result of sin is spiritual death or eternal separation from God when you die. Repent;turn away from your sin and toward God. (See Acts 3:19; Romans 3:23; 6:23)You may pray a prayer similar to this:
Dear God, I know that You love me. I admit I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sin.I place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus' nameI pray, amen."If you sincerely asked Jesus to be your Savior, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision.Show your faith in Christ by asking a Bible-believing church for baptism by immersion. (See Matthew28:19-20; Acts 2:41). - Dr. G. Ted Taylor
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