On Friday we said goodbye to one of our Rock Steady members. Elizabeth Ann “Lib” Morgan passed away on Monday, January 27th. The funeral was held at Barham Funeral Home and many hundreds of people came to say goodbye and show their respects.
Mrs. Morgan joined our program several months after it began back in August and I only knew her a short time. She reminded me very much of my late grandmother Earline Hodges, Ma Earline as I called her. She had a presence about her. Although suffering from some of the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s, she would show up for our classes with a smile and was always eager to join in with the other participants to complete the workouts. After hearing Reverend’s Davey Wilkinson and Ben Jones speak about Mrs. Morgan’s amazing life, it became clear why she reminded me so much of Ma Earline. They described her as incredibly hard working, devoted to her Lord and her family, and a person of high character, a character that had been formed over a lifetime of living right and serving God. My Ma Earline too had lived such a life. People like them who have gotten it right in this world have a presence about them - a comforting gentleness. I felt that when I was around Mrs. Morgan. She drew me in and I just wanted to put my arm around her. Our Parkinson’s group will miss her very much.
Brother Wilkinson read Psalm 23 during the service. This is the second time I have come across this scripture in a short time. I had actually written it in my notes in my cell phone to remind me to come back to it later. I’m moved to share it here.
Psalm 23 King James Version
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I am sure that goodness and mercy did follow Mrs. Morgan all the days of her life. She got it right here in this world.