A few years ago newspapers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, carried the story of a
man who not only planned his own funeral, but attended it — alive and well. He
arrived at the church sitting in the back of a hearse. He sat up front among
the flowers while people said nice things about him. He said it served no
purpose for people to say all those good things about you after you were dead
and couldn’t hear them.

He had a point. How often do we wait too long to express appreciation,
gratitude, and love? How often are the words we speak at the funeral words we
should have spoken long before?

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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