Resolution of Respect

in

Loving Memory

of

Noah Bond

Though your days among us were too belief and our grief at your loss is never ending, we draw comfort from the knowledge that you have found safe refuge in the Lord and in our hearts, where no darkness or pain can touch you now.   We bless you with love, light and our gratitude.

Whereas, Noah Bond of Memphis Baptist Laymen passed from this life on 29 August 2019

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Whereas, the death of Noah Bond does not diminish the profound benediction of a life lived in such Godly service, nor our admiration of and affection for Brother Bonds a past president, chaplain, music leader and devoted Christian educator.

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Whereas, Norah Bonds faithfully attended God’s most urgent admonition to follow in the footsteps of the righteous, seek justice in all circumstances and care for the least among us as if they were the dearest,

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Whereas, Noah Bond was an active member of the Memphis Baptist Laymen community for 25 plus years and freely gave of his time and energy as a laboring leader and a faithful member

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Whereas, in his service as a member of the Memphis Baptist Laymen for 25 plus years he shared a bright spirit as well and a cheerful heart,

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Whereas, our beloved Brother Noah Bonds embraced the all forgiving presence of God from his earliest days and strove to exhibit these same qualities of compassion throughout an exemplary life,

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Whereas, the family and acquaintances of Noah Bond are deeply saddened at his departure, as are all who were touched by his generous spirit and kindness,

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Whereas, Noah Bond legacy of faith and service will continue to inspire his loved ones and every member of the Memphis Baptist Laymen.  Now therefore, let it be resolved that we wish all who are now in mourning to take comfort from the immortal words of the great poet Khalil Gibran

“If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.  For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one…

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from it restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance”

Therefore, be it further resolved that we bow to a greater Will than our own and rest in the knowledge that one day we will be united with Brother Noah Bond again, in joy and in the fulness of God’s mercy.

Humbly submitted in Faith and Appreciation for the gift of time with Brother Noah Bond on 7 September 2019 by Memphis Baptist Laymen.