Excerpts from my homily at Marge Murdock’s memorial service

December 9, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012.  Camp Verde, AZ.

“Through the miracle of faith, one can simultaneously experience grief at the end of a precious human experience, gratitude for the gift of engagement with a marvelous fellow spirit, and this glorious hope of heaven.”

“The precious nature of this human experience means that its loss is necessarily painful, palpable, and noticed with great lament–while the emergence into what-comes-next is also noticed–most often by a sense of peace.”

“Hers was a life well-lived.  A life in which bells and whistles did not take the shape of fancy possessions or glittery jewels–and this was by choice–but rather a life whose sparkle was seen as it reflected off of those she touched–with a kind word, a supportive arm, a generous gift, and constant prayer.”

And I closed with a quote from Khalil Gibran’s “Secrets of the Heart:”

“Dawn came, and the maiden surrendered herself to Slumber, hoping to find [even] sweeter and more gentle dreams than those she had encountered in her awakeness….”


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Nathaniel is CEO of AidChild.org. He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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