Fellow members of Evergreen Presbyterian Church and staff of St. Stephen’s Academy gathered on Sunday, June 29, 2014 to honor the life and death of Bob Westerberg. Pastor Keith Thomas read Psalm 90 and led in prayer. Headmaster and Ruling Elder John Breckenridge read the Eulogy printed at the conclusion of this post. Pastor Nathan E. Lewis preached the following sermon.
A Sermon at the Memorial of Bob Westerberg
2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
The Apostle Paul likens our earthly bodies to a tent and then likens our glorified bodies upon our entrance into heaven as a house. Bob Westerberg lived longer than the average life span, a full and rewarding life. But for many years, as he placed his hope in the resurrection of Jesus, he longed for a more permanent existence and reward. In the past months he even groaned, longing to put on his glorified body free of sight and hearing loss, aches and pains and ease of breath. The Apostle Paul’s first encouragement is that God has prepared for us a more permanent and rewarding life than the one he has graciously given us in this world. Continue reading »