Well.. it's been a busy couple of weeks for Mrs. Older. I miss all of you Mrs. Youngers and fellow Mrs. Olders.
The picture to the left is of my Aunt Mary, 87. I was in my hometown city - speaking at my hometown church for Mother's Day.. up in the Northeast...and Aunt Mary came to the service to hear me.
I didn't realize then that just one week later, although seemingly in great health for an 87 year old - she would have a stroke... and be in Intensive Care in her local hospital - where she remains as I type this. The day of the stroke, she'd gone on a bus trip with her church group. She has such a fun day. I love Aunt Mary. She is like a second mother to me.
We are praying for God to have His Will in her life. At the moment she clings to life... and we are believing that God can do what he wants. We want her to keep living - but she just longs to see Jesus. A week earlier, one of my cousins, a hairdresser, was giving her a perm. My aunt always dressed impeccably and cared about her appearance. She said to my cousin, knowing how much the family adores her, "When I go, I know you will all be sad, but I'll be happy. I want to be with Jesus." What an amazing way for us to be brought up... all of us surrounded by moms who loved Jesus more than anything on earth. It is a great and awesome heritage.
I have been reminded.. or maybe I'm just being taught...that in the end, what we ARE matters more than what we DO.. or what we HAVE. Aunt Mary's life is being summed up in simple sentences like, "She is so full of love. She is so giving." It's such a basic reality of being human.. What you ARE is what will be remembered when you are no more.
And so here's a picture of Aunt Mary and a heart she wore to church that day. In the end.. it is Aunt Mary's heart that touches the world she lives in.
The Bible says that only God can see someone's heart. And that's true. But every now and then someone loves other people so much... someone cares about other people so deeply.. someone gives compassion so fully... that we cannot help through that person to actually see the heart of God. I could never see Aunt Mary's heart, but through Aunt Mary's life I could see the heart of God.
Today I want to honor one of my "Mrs. Older's" - who loves Jesus with all her heart.
To all the Mrs. Youngers out there.. worried about finances, concerned about things you can hold and touch... I would like to remind you that anything you can see, touch, or hold is TEMPORARY.
Focus... on... eternal things.
I love you Aunt Mary.