Sunday Faith Blog

A friend from Bible Study passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly 10 days ago.  She and her second husband of five years had just got back from a wonderful trip to Maui.   She felt lousy, ate some lunch, sat down in a chair, and died early on New Year’s Eve day.    I hope I will never forget her.

I went to her service at her church today and had to write about it here because it’s so appropriate for a Faith Blog day.  Jeannie was pure goodness.  I’m sure she had some dark spots, but I never saw them.   She’d been one of 10 children and so poor they took bread and spinach to school for lunch when they could.   She did very well in her life (due to her fun personality, I never knew she was eighty until today and I still don’t quite believe it), giving her children much more than she ever had.

I left the service and, after hearing her children talk and then a Eulogy given by women her childrens’ ages, I couldn’t help but think “We should all be thought this well of because we were kind, loved unconditionally and always looked for the good in people.”

Try it for one day.  Be kind.  Love your loved ones unconditionally.  Look for the good in people when they show you their not so good side.   For one day.  Then, two days……….

Jeannie did it for 29,200.   If she could do that, we can do it as much as we can, right?

Psalm 27:13  “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!”  

When you knew Jeannie, you were looking at His goodness….it could only come from Him.   She was such a strong believer, had attended that church for 51 years, and walked the walk she learned there.

This might sound like a self-serving blog today, “Oh, Z’s feeling melancholy and wants to write about her friend…”  I get that :=)  But, honestly?   I believe we all have it in us to be like Jeannie.

Let’s try it!
Have a great day………By the way, do you know someone like her? (I’m lucky enough to know a few, and I’m no push over 🙂   And are they people of faith?    I’d love to hear about them.

Z

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9 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. Galatians 6
    9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
    and:
    15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
    16And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

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  2. geeez2014 says:

    Thanks, Ed. A “new creature” was Jeannie, that’s for sure.

    I think it’s also important for me to note that Jeannie was so HAPPY being as she was….
    I’m hoping my challenge to you all is greeted with lightheartedness and hopefulness..!
    Try it!

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  3. One day at a time.
    Matthew 6:34
    34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
    If I can just keep from killing anyone for one more day…

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  4. Bob says:

    What a beautiful story. I have known people like that. My wife’s grandmother never said anything bad about anyone, but she did hate flies. She called them, “little bastards”, although I never heard her speak any other profanity. You can imagine my our reaction when we heard our then two year old daughter addressing a fly as a “little bustard”.

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  5. She must have been quite a lady. We all hope someone says as much about us when we go.

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  6. Baysider says:

    Thank you for writing about Jeannie. I am sorry I missed her service. She was a sweet, dear one. I know others like her – we can start with Jackie :). I have a friend in San Diego, a dear godly woman who has faced as much adversity as any of us, lost her house in that big fire down there, but comes through smelling of Christ. And my dental hygienist who – through Christ – triumphed over a horrible (and I mean really horrible in a household laced with drugs and perverted sex) childhood. This is the one whose mother’s life mission was to eradicate Christianity from the planet and replace it with …. herself. ‘D’ credits the holy spirit with her long healing process, and he shines through her all the time, even in caring for this ‘mother’ in the last year of life.

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  7. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, yes, your friend is amazing!! and Jackie, yes….such a dear one. Jeannie had a guilessness that appealed to us all…just goodness and light and fun but no push-over. I loved her, I really did. It was quite a service (and LONG :-=))

    You know, the evangelist Joyce Meyers’ father had sex with her “about 200 times” according to her. She was scared to bring elementary school friends home because he’d hit on them. And look at her; through tons of prayer and talking and an understanding husband, she’s an amazing testament to what can happen to someone who lives such a hideous childhood…and through FAITH.

    Mal, I couldn’t help think that same thing. That’s why I posted this; we should all be thinking “what will they say about me?” It’s almost a good thing to think every time we want to gossip or be unkind or not forgive, right?

    Bob, I love your stories like that!! I had a business partner whose little 3 yr old boy came to dinner with us one night..to a Bob’s Big Boy whose walls above the table line of height were all windows…..he couldn’t say “T” and there was a truck that went by and he screamed on top of his lungs “Look at the FRUCK!” Oh, my gosh…this was about 30 years ago, so you can imagine! (Today, nobody’s hardly notice, right?)!!

    Ed…yes, one day at a time,, and not killing anybody is an excellent place to start !! 🙂

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  8. Kid says:

    Nothing wrong with celebrating the good ones Z 🙂

    RIP Jeannie, peace and comfort to your friends and family.

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