She’s gone now. Inez Biggers, that young, little 93-year-old lady, who blessed so many, will cook no more dinners or offer hospitality to travelers; she’ll teach no more Sunday school classes, nor give counseling to troubled souls or share a life experience.
She finished the last puzzle spread on her dining room table — a pasttime when she was no longer able to keep house, plant flowers or work in her vegetable garden. But she left a legacy of ministry which will continue to inspire and motivate those who knew her.
@:Before she married Henry Biggers, who preceded her in death, she worked at the general headquarters of the Church of God of Prophecy. Her life changed drastically as she worked with her husband, establishing churches and leading the way for the Gospel to reach across the United States. It was a hard, but wonderful life, she always noted, as she shared the victorious memories of the past.
When they retired and moved to Cleveland, their ministry continued among the homebound, the disabled and sick, at the same time being active in the local congregation, teaching and preaching.
I remember her as a friend and confidante. I treasure the times we had together and the times she would have pity on me with invitations to dinner. She got me hooked on her homemade rolls and chicken and dressing. And it was her delight to serve a special dessert.
The last piece of her own puzzle was placed and completed a beautiful picture of her life. Psalm 116:15 reads: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
What a testimony Sister Biggers left! What a witness she was!
When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He gave a mandate to his disciples: “Ye shall be witnesses ...” Being a witness not only entails the gift of speech, but Christ in our lives is manifested in daily living.
In the 12th chapter of John, we read how certain Greeks came to Jerusalem to worship during the feast. They had heard of Jesus’ raising of Lazarus and came to Philip, saying, “Sir, we would see Jesus” (John 12:21 KJV).
And Jesus responded, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.” He went on to say,”Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.”
And in the book of Matthew, Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid ... let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14 KJV).
“”Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evil doers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2;12 KJV).
May my prayer be, O Lord, that people will “see Jesus” in my life.