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Opinion / Religion - June 29, 2015

Minister's Minutes:

“Not goodbye….Just See You Later.”
It has been bittersweet for me. I did not say “goodbye” to a great friend but “see you later.” My friend Billie “Baki” Ricke passed away. Billie was a spitfire. She was full of life, joy, and love for others. She was a great member to have as part of our church congregation because she loved worship, the Word of God, fellowship, prayer time, and just being in the presence of God. While I am sad to see Billie leave this world. I am also happy for her. The Word of God says: “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” and “O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory.”
Billie loved God and all God’s people. It did not matter if you were the mayor of Medicine Lodge or the bum on the street, she treated all equal. She loved like Christ. Billie helped anyone and everyone in need. The poor, the hungry, the stranger. Jesus said, Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40).
Billie Ricke left this world knowing that she was loved and we are left knowing that she loved us. What a gift! Not everyone gets that. Billy was special. She was famous for her hugs before and after church. Billie was not perfect….none of us are on this planet. But she admitted, and believed, and confessed to her perfect Savior, Jesus Christ and now Billie is receiving her eternal reward!
I will really miss Billie “Baki” Ricke. But I have hope. I have faith that I will see her again. I want to see her when I get to heaven and I want to see you too! Life is short. Life is uncertain. Please make sure you are ready. Have your spiritual affairs in order. Death is real. But so is eternity in one place or the other. Make the most important decision of your life today. Accept Christ at your Lord and Savior. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins. In the end you will be glad you did!
I know Billie will be waiting for us with a smile and a hug! See you later Billie. You were a good one!
Pastor Rodney Worsham
Medicine Lodge Assembly of God Church



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