“Goodbye, Muriel, and thank you.” This amazing woman Muriel was my Christian mentor. She was the closest thing to a saint that I’ve ever met in my life. Ever. And you, too, by the way; trust me.
She was a nurse, then a counselor. People came to her through word of mouth, many Christians and some non Christians. I always felt badly for the non Christians because she was an angel and for any Christian either on the fence or strong in their faith, this woman was an example of perfection on this earth and used Scripture so well to help in any situation you could imagine…scripture and wisdom of her own. Yes, I don’t use the word perfection easily, but if you knew her………..She was a counselor and she became my very, very dear friend.
She died of a stroke about 2 weeks ago. Her daughter asked me on the phone “Did my mother tell you she’d like you to sing at the services?” I was stunned. No, I had never heard that. But I did sing. Yesterday. People spoke about Muriel at the service, and strangers who work the church and heard it (audio/visual, janitors, etc.) approached me and said “Was this woman as amazing as those people said??”
“Yes.” Simply yes. But much more so, I told them.
Muriel was a Bible study teacher and her heart was particularly with Jews and bringing them to Christian faith. She was kind, loving, caring, understanding, non judgmental, humble, funny, deeply in the Word, encouraging beyond belief…she saved marriages, helped with alcohol and drug abuse issues, problems with children, helped new widows with astonishing wisdom; never forceful, always gentle, always insightful…….I could go on and on….She seemed absolutely perfect, but her son-in-law, the pastor who did the service, said that, at 91, she’d told him she had things in her personality which she needed to work on to better please the Lord. She wasn’t finished. But God apparently knew she was.
She often told me that no one dies until it’s in God’s time….she died at 92, and I have to thank God for not taking this amazing woman earlier than he did, painlessly, and quickly; he finally got her where he wants her, after using her in the most precious ways to be there for others. Good job, God! Thanks for your patience! We were blessed for it!
On the cover of her funeral service program:
“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen!” Jude 24-25
The other side of the program included my name as the Prelude player (as folks walked in I played about 20 minutes of music), and soloist/pianist on 2 songs. I’ll never be more honored. And I’ll never stop missing her.
She encouraged. She loved. I’m writing this to you today to encourage you to love and support and care and help others.