RIP Terry Langlsey … ‘a wonderful man who led a wonderful life’

Slide1Plans changed and Merle and I were able to attend the funeral yesterday of a wonderful friend and close neighbour, Terry Langsley. Funerals are usually such sad affairs, unless Jesus is involved. Then they can be very different…

Terry lived a full life, and in his last years, he had a form of illness that lasted three years. It left him coming back to his house at Easter knowing he was on his way home to heaven. When I saw in the funeral programme that a letter written from Terry was going to be read out, I wondered what I would write to be read out if the circumstances were so for me? I suspect I would express my deep love for my direct family, thank the right people and give everyone some advice!

These were not Terry’s last words, more his final words – his farewell words. The words that really mattered to him.

Dear Family and Friends,

I am no longer with you but a few words to say that I am with the risen Lord Jesus as he promised I would be. He alone has power over death since he alone conquered this last enemy. To follow him and obey him is to enter this certainty. To live without him, ignore or reject him is to spend one’s whole existence as if playing trivial pursuits, however worthy we may feel our pursuit to be. As Lord and creator of the universe with its expanding galaxies, he demands our allegiance, and every knee must bow to him at judgement time. Let me urge you to consider his mighty power to bring you into the free gift of eternal and fulfilling life right now.

The Apostle Paul said near the end of his life, ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim 4:7, NIV)

The Christian life is not a sprint, but a marathon. It has three stages.

– You have to start well
– You have to press on through the middle of the race when it gets hard and people give up, and
– You have to finish well.

I think Terry is an example, like the Apostle Paul and many others, of someone who finished well. He was a man who showed many what true love and acceptance was all about. I am proud to have known him. I will be more than happy to leave the planet under the same conditions, as said by his children… “a wonderful man, who led a wonderful life”.

RIP Terry Langlsey – Resurrection in Progress.


One thought on “RIP Terry Langlsey … ‘a wonderful man who led a wonderful life’

  1. Lynne Pearson nee Gilberthorpe December 20, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    I have no idea why I suddenly thought of a chap who I hadn’t see for… gasp, 50 years, but I did think of him this evening and wondered why I had never thought to do the modern thing and Google his name.
    I was heartbroken to see that I’ve missed his being and his passing, and missed it by a whisker. I have forgotten many (most) of my Primary School teachers but not Mr Langsley. I still have a photo which I took in 1965 on a school trip, taken with my Box Brownie. It shows all the teachers posing for a shot at Manchester Airport, and I remember asking them to squeeze together to get them all in. The result is a lovely fun photo, with Terry faking being squashed with a mock surprised look on his face. I was so proud of that photo and I think copies were printed for staff to keep.
    He had a liking for his pupils – something lacking in schools today very often. He was fun and fair. I remember the day he announced he would be leaving the UK to teach as a missionary in Turkey. He might as well have said he was going to the moon!
    I’m so sorry I’ve missed him but it’s been lovely to be able to get a flavour of his wonderful life, and I see his children have very much inherited his zest for life.
    Goodbye Mr Langsley. It was lovely to have known you.

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