11:00 am; Izotsha Memorial Park; near South Coast Mall
Port Shepstone, South Africa
'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints'
Thank you to everyone for being here today to pay tribute to Doctor Pierre van Ryneveld. I know that many of you have traveled from out of town to be here today and it means a lot to his family. Doctors and nursing staff have to work on weekends, and therefore we understand that many of those that would have liked to be here today, cannot attend.
Pierre was loved by everyone and was an incredible father, husband and friend. He seemed to instantly become friends with everyone he met. His positive attitude for life and outgoing personality made him loved by everyone who knew him. Pierre was an incredible doctor, who healed and helped many in spite of his own pain and suffering. He did not always practice what he preached though. Brigid, his granddaughter, recalls one day while he was talking to a patient on the phone, he took a long drag from his cigarette and said: 'I am telling you Henry, smoking will kill you'.
Pierre had suffered many setbacks and heart-aches on his journey through life. Loosing his leg at the age of 22, greatly affected his quality of life and well-being, especially towards the end. That may be the reason why his motto was: 'If it's not dead, it can be fixed'.
His favourate song was Rock of Ages. Ironically he was a rock to many.
Pierre was hard-working, determined, gentle, soft-spoken, friendly, helpful and kind. If he was not married to a bank manager, he would have doctored everyone for free. He had a calm way about him that was very reassuring to those who felt like they were dying or in a crisis. No matter what the situation, Pierre always had a positive attitude.
Pierre was a loving and devoted father, grandfather and husband. The well-being of his family and especially of his two sons David and Peter, was always foremost in his mind. Although many of us, especially his wife Marti, feel like we still need him here, we have to accept that God needs him more.
We will miss you, dearest Pierre, husband, father and grandfather. Your memory and name will live on forever.
Going Home: Going home, going home; I'm just going home; Quiet like, some still day; I'm justa going home. It's not far, just close by; Through an open door; Work all done, cares laid by; Going to fear no more. Momma's there expecting me; Papa's waiting, too. Lots of folk gathered there; All the friends I knew; All the friends I knew; I'm going home...Nothing's lost, all's gain; No more fret nor pain; No more stumbling on the way; Going to roam no more...Morning star lights the way; Restless dream all done; Shadows gone, break of day; Real life begun, Real Life just begun. There's no break, there's no end; Just a living on; Wide awake with a smile; Going on and on; I'z a Going home. I'm just going home; It's not far, just close by; Through an open door; I'ma going home; I'm just going home....Going home, going home.
Rock of Ages: Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure. Not the labor of my hands, Can fulfill Thy law’s demands; Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, All for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone. Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling; Naked, come to Thee for dress; Helpless, look to Thee for grace; Foul, I to the fountain fly; Wash me, Savior, or I die. While I draw this fleeting breath, When my eyes shall close in death, When I rise to worlds unknown, And behold Thee on Thy throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.
Sermon: The mystery of life is all about timing and it is the wisest counselor of all.
Psalm 31:15 :"Our times are in Thy hand, Whatever they may be, Pleasing or painful, Dark or bright, As best may seem to Thee." I understand that the Bible teaches that God made time. It belongs to Him. Furthermore, He controls my time, a precious commodity whose quantity God controls, while its quality depends greatly upon my right choices. Life and time are the world's two teachers: Life teaches us to make good use of time, while time teaches us the value of life. “
Life and Times are very unique gifts from God : When Adam violated God’s word he activated death and we lost our sacred Life & Glory and became slaves to sin and the limitations of time, death and space. As we all know, sooner or later, every single one of us is going to die and cross over to the other side. There is a boundary fixed for every man, which always remains where it is set, nor can any move it forward by any means whatsoever. The death of the body, some day, is strangely linked, in a way that we do not fully comprehend, with the death which is at work in our inner lives, right now. That is, inner death is what we experience in a thousand ways - sometimes as loneliness, bitterness, emptiness, despair, depression of spirit, and sometimes it is malice and resentment and violence. Every man of Adam's fallen race is short-lived. All his show of beauty, happiness, and splendour falls before the stroke of sickness or death, as the flower before the scythe; or passes away like the shadow.
Shortness and Uncertainty of human life: Whatever it may be, illness and death are not what God intended for man. It is an enemy which has seized man and lives with him and haunts him in everything he does. It is useful to reflect seriously on the shortness and uncertainty of human life, and the fading nature of all earthly enjoyments. It is determined, in the counsel and decree of God, how long we shall live. Time is a wonderful gift from God. Time is past, present and future. Time cannot be stopped, Time cannot be stretched and Time cannot be reproduced.
Time is the best healer: All sorrows in the world are compensated with time, as they rightly say time is the best healer. Time waits for no man and time once lost cannot be re-created. So it is pretty much important for everyone to make the best use of time to get the best of time in the present as well as for the future.
Our times are in His hands: the powers of nature act under Him; in Him we live and move. Until we are born of the Spirit, no spiritually good thing dwells in us, or can proceed from us. Even the little good in the regenerate is defiled with sin. We should therefore humble ourselves before God, and cast ourselves wholly on the mercy of God, through our Divine Surety. We should daily seek the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and look to heaven as the only place of perfect holiness and happiness.
Ecclesiasces 3: Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.
He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for reaping, the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down and the time for building. He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing, the time for making love and the time for not making love, the time for kissing and the time for not kissing. He sets the time for finding and the time for losing, the time for saving and the time for throwing away, the time for tearing and the time for mending, the time for silence and the time for talk. He sets the time for love and the time for hate, the time for war and the time for peace.
What do we gain from all our work? I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us. He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what He does. So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive. All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God's gift. I know that everything God does will last forever. You can't add anything to it or take anything away from it. And one thing God does is to make us stand in awe of him. Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again. In addition, I have also noticed that in this world you find wickedness where justice and right ought to be. I told myself, “God is going to judge the righteous and the evil alike, because every thing, every action, will happen at its own set time.” I decided that God is testing us, to show us that we are no better than animals. After all, the same fate awaits human beings and animals alike. One dies just like the other. They are the same kind of creature. A human being is no better off than an animal, because life has no meaning for either. They are both going to the same place—the dust. They both came from it; they will both go back to it. How can anyone be sure that the human spirit goes upward while an animal's spirit goes down into the ground? So I realized then that the best thing we can do is enjoy what we have worked for. There is nothing else we can do. There is no way for us to know what will happen after we die.
Job 14:5: “A person's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”
Psalm 90:9 and 10 : Our life is cut short by your anger; it fades away like a whisper. Seventy years is all we have, eighty years, if we are strong; yet all they bring us is trouble and sorrow; life is soon over, and we are gone.
Treasure each moment and all those around you. As it is written in Hebrews 13:2 : Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.