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.