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I Can Only Imagine

Susan Roberston was a devoted mother, wife, friend and church member, said her friends and family. Today, at her funeral, she was remembered as a devout Christian who “was in love with Jesus.”

Robertson, who died Saturday morning after she was stabbed in her Spotsylvania home, converted to Christianity as a young mother more than 30 years ago. She led a weekly Bible study at Salem Fields Community and the women she taught said that no one knew more about the Bible than Sue. She especially loved to read about and talk about heaven, and her favorite song was “I Can Only Imagine.”

And so that song ended her funeral.  Salem Fields’ worship leader, Jodi Mueller sang:

Surrounded by your glory

What will my heart feel?

Will I dance for you Jesus,

Or in awe of you be still?

Will I stand in your presence,

Or to my knees will I fall?

Will I sing Halelluja,

Will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

I can only imagine when that day comes

And I find myself standing in the Son

I can only imagine when all I will do

Is forever, forever worship you

I can only imagine

As the lyrics wafted over the silent crowd gathered in the church, one of Robertson’s daughters stood, holding her hands out in front of her, her palms raised to heaven. Trembling slightly, she sang to her mother’s favorite song, at times wiping tears from her eyes.

The service, which was attended by about 200 people, was emotional and spiritual, with many references to Robertson’s faith and her strong belief in an afterlife, where she fully expected to see Jesus.

At times people laughed, remembering Robertson’s devotion to children.

Church member John Dix said Robertson watched his 3-year-old daughter since her infancy.

The interview went something like this: “Sue, tell us something about your experience with small children.”

At this point, Robertson’s family burst into soft laughter. And Dix recounted Robertson’s answer: That she had fostered 39 children and had six of her own.

Throughout the funeral, no one mentioned Robertson’s 18-year-old son, Matthew. Spotsylvania authorities have charged him with stabbing his mother to death.

Dix alluded to the situation when he said, “She would tell us that somehow, some way we need to forgive.”

Forgiveness and grace were two strong themes of the funeral. Robertson’s loved ones wanted the service to concentrate on Robertson’s remarkable life, on the influence she had over many. On her generosity, her radiant smile, her faith and her devotion to her family. Time and again, she was referred to as a “prayer warrior” and a “prayer partner” who spent a lot of time praying.

The Rev. Gaye Marston, copastor of Salem Fields, said, “Susan’s fingerprints are all over this place. Susan’s fingerprints are all over the hearts of many of us.”

"Nana Sue" with Courtney Dix

But Becky Dix best described Robertson’s influence when she told a story about her daughter Courtney. Robertson took care of Courtney a few days each week for three years. And even when she wasn’t on duty, Robertson would often just have playdates with the youngster. She gave Courtney joy, unconditional love and delight.

And one day last summer, in the middle of a drought, Courtney looked at a dried up pond and asked her mom where the fish went.

Dix told her preschooler that the fish had gone to be with their mommies and daddies.

“Silly Mommy,” Courtney replied. “Fish don’t have mommies and daddies.”

Becky asked what fish do have. The 3-year old replied: “They have Sues.”

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  • http://Awwshewillbetruleymissed..Ihaveheardalotofwonderfulthingsaboutthislady.. Susan

    Aww she will be truley missed .. I have heard alot of wonderful things about this lady..

  • http://cruisetip.tpkeller.com TPKeller

    Thank you for sharing your account from today’s service.

  • http://UmqaoU GIVEMEABREAK2M

    Mrs. Robertson was doing God’s work while on this earth – caring for others. She will be rewarded in her new home where she will now live forever.

  • Fredtastic

    That was a wonderful account of her life – something that wasn’t captured in the accounts of her death. God’s grace is what separates Christianity from every other religion in the world. Sounds like Mrs. Robertson understood that very well.

  • robinj2220

    May God Bless her family in this difficult time.

  • LarryG

    Thanks for sharing a little of Mrs. Robinson’s life and soul and my prayers with those who knew and loved her.

  • Margaret

    There will always be forgiveness in the end, and only kindness matters.

  • bhaas

    Sounds like a wonderful lady that always did much more for others than was expected. Condolences to her family and friends.

  • http://TheBodyOfChristMinistries Pastor Lorraine

    I will be looking for Sue when the Lord calls me home. What a tribute to Jesus Sue was, is and will continue to be even in her death. We will be praying for the entire family and expecting that the Lord’s Will will be accomplished as it is in Heaven so will it be on earth! May the Lord be glorified through this severe loss to the whole Body Of Christ. Singing now and forever “I can only imagine”. . .

  • Claire

    I am so thankful to God for putting Susan in our lives for the past 40 years. She has been a true friend and sister-in-Christ. I look forward to seeing her again when God calls me home. She has glorified Him in life and now in her death.
    Truly Father is saying “Well done good and faithful servant”.
    I have promised to pray for the family especially Matthew. Please join me on their behalf.

  • http://fredericksburg.com Wendy Rock

    A wonderful story to share her life and memories with others. I didn’t know her however seems like a wonderful woman, mother, wife and friend. God takes his angels home when their work is done & I do believe her work was done here regardless of how her life ended.