I can not say enough about the presence of the Holy Spirit at the celebration of life for Rev. Kathleen Baskin-Ball. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by 3100 other people giving thanks for the life, impact, and influence of this amazing woman. We gathered for 2 1/2 hours and my favorite moment was the children's sermon. Kathleen had planned her service in advance and wanted a time for the children. I was not sure that any children would come, but they just kept coming and coming. Rev. Eric Folkerth did a great job talking about how we were all sad but how we had to listen for God's voice. He used the illustration of a communion cup that had been broken by one of the children in one of Kathleen's churches and Kathleen repaired the cup. Kathleen took something that was broken and used it to make something beautiful. God does the same for us. Kathleen's body was broken but God used Kathleen to make something beautiful. Then, when Rev. Jack Soper told Skyler that his mommy loved him more than all the M&M's in the world and Skyler loudly affirmed, "I KNOW THAT!"
Kathleen was such a bridge builder and I was amazed at the clergy from all sizes of churches that were present at the celebration of her life. The Dallas Morning News made a short video providing you with a glimpse of the service. This is a blog post about the service and has links to other stories about Kathleen. Praise God for the amazing life of Kathleen Baskin-Ball.