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August 2012

Finishing Well

By Rori Blakeney (SEJ)
I must confess that I didn’t have the courage to utter these words at Herb Greene’s funeral. I was caught up in the emotions of losing a stalwart of the faith and a Disciple of Christ who served for over seventies years in the vineyard called Winters Chapel. You see when I showed up that fateful Sunday morning Herb Greene was one of the first people I met. And Sunday after Sunday, I would meet Herb. Our meeting place would be the right corner of the sanctuary. Even in old age and when health started to decline, Herb would show up before most folks on Sunday. He and his beloved wife Tince along with a faithful few would have Sunday morning prayer. But, Herb would not only show up Sunday morning, he would be there for the barbecues and fish fry and special concerts. Herb never said, but I believe he firmly grasped what Philippians 1:6 says, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” So, Herb spent the latter days of his life teaching me the importance of finishing well. He didn’t give up. He never stopped sharing the story of faith. In the words of Philippians 3:14, [Herb was] press[ing] on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Herb taught me the importance of finishing well.