Eric Dishongh, PhD
Connecting others to Jesus and His church as a husband, dad, minister, counselor, professor and friend
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My Funeral Home Director Friend
Let me introduce you to my funeral home director friend, Emmitt Richardson, Jr…
Emmitt is one of the funeral directors at the Richardson Funeral Home in Kenner, Louisiana. He’s actually a third generation funeral home director. His grandfather started the business with only having a third grade education, and his parents currently own the business…
Emmitt grew up in Kenner. He attended St. Augustine High School in New Orleans and played second base for the baseball team and cornerback for the football team. He then attended Florida A&M University and earned a degree in finance. After graduation, he returned home to start working in the family business…
Emmitt and I have several things in common…
He loves Louisiana history and politics. He knows all about Louisiana’s fascinating politicians, including Huey Long, Edwin Edwards, and Ray Nagin. He thinks Mitch Landrieu is currently preparing to make a run for governor…
Emmitt loves golf. His dad got him hooked on it. He enjoys playing at Ormond, the course that I grew up playing. Last year, Emmitt played in the Ed Reed fundraiser there, and he wants me to play with him at the next tournament…
Emmitt loves to travel and is headed to Brazil next summer with three of his buddies to see the World Cup…
Emmitt says that the best funerals are at the Hickory Knoll congregation. He says the families are always very nice to work with, and he says we have the most “melodic” services despite not utilizing instruments…
I know what you're thinking... Eric, why in the world are you telling us all of this about Emmitt?
Here's the point: The only reason why I know Emmitt so well is because it seems that I see him all of the time, and it's always at a funeral!...
In other words, the reality about life is that there's always someone who is about to die. I certainly don't say that to scare or frighten anyone but to remind us, including myself, that death can occur at any time and that it may away sooner than we think!
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” – James 4:13-15
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My life purpose is to connect others to Jesus and His church by providing a Christian example and by reaching out on spiritual, relational, academic, and community levels. – Eric
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7/17/2013 10:15:51 am
7/19/2013 05:56:56 am
Thanks, Terri! You're right we cannot hide or run from death!
7/17/2013 01:18:19 pm
Fantastic post. Very encouraging and thought provoking.
7/19/2013 05:57:33 am
7/17/2013 02:24:50 pm
Excellent. I would say you are developing a relationship with Emmitt that will be helpful in perhaps studying with him. Thank you for sharing this with me. Tell your Mother and Dad hello. I think of them often. God bless you in your work.
7/19/2013 05:58:05 am
Thanks, Mr. Huey! I will tell my parents hello for you!
7/18/2013 05:10:19 am
A letter my sister sent me parrots your post. She works in the ER. She wrote:
7/19/2013 05:59:19 am
Thanks, Eric! Giving thanks every day is probably the most therapeutic thing that a person can do!
7/18/2013 05:12:41 am
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
7/18/2013 06:07:41 am
I have known Emmitt and his family since he was 3. He went to nursery school and Florida A&M with my daughter. He is a fine young man, and you are too and very gifted in many areas. May God continue to bless you with the ability to utilize your gift to connect with people.
7/19/2013 06:00:05 am
Jackie... Small world! Thanks for the kind words!
7/18/2013 09:48:39 am
Thank you, Eric for having me on your mailing list. You have a geat gift in writing & interacting with people. May God bless you in all your work of winning souls.
7/19/2013 06:00:32 am
Thank you, Ms. Margaret!
8/16/2013 07:45:12 am
Death is something we will all have to face on day, this we can not escape. But while we are alive let us LOVE one another and be kind to one another just as Jesus displayed. Eric I thank God that He allow us to meet and become friend, I truly value your friendship. God bless you in your messages to reach the people.
8/16/2013 08:53:23 am
People change their lives when they change their minds. Romans 12:2
8/17/2013 10:07:37 am
In order to change You have to truly desire change, then pray and put it into ACTION
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