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Thanks giving Service for Ivor Cooper

A tough day yeasterday as we gave thanks to God for the life of Ivor Cooper!

In his classic alegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress, there is a great sceme when Mr. Valiant-for-truth is summoned to the Celestial Gate by the Master and makes his will and speaks his last words. John Bunyan writes these telling words,

“Then said he, I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder.

When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side, into which as he went he said, Death, where is thy sting? And as he went down deeper, he said, Grave, where is thy victory? So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.”

I am sure when Ivor was called to glory, “…all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.””

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