I want to share a story about a single woman, Claudine, who passed away recently at the age of 98. She was an aunt by marriage, but I considered her a cherished friend.
She lost her husband when he was 52, so she had been single for almost 50 years. Upon his death, she and her young son moved back to Missouri. She went to college in her fifties, received her BA degree, and started teaching first grade. Many students referred to her as one of their favorite teachers!
I ask her one time how she moved on after losing her husband at such a young age. She said, "Time and work help." I really thought that was too simple an answer, but the more I got to know her, I realized what she meant – time, and having purpose, helps heal. She was a Christian woman whose purpose became her family, her students, her church, and service to others. Even though she suffered with some health issues later in life, she would laugh and say, “I still have my brain and I can talk!” She never complained or talked about herself, but was always focused on others’ needs or accomplishments. She was an avid reader; followed local sports, school, and political issues; kept up to date on family, friends, and community activities. She was an encourager, a cheerleader, an inspiration, and a life-long learner.
What does Claudine’s life teach us today?
Be an encourager!
Love the precious people around you!
Never give up! Keep Going!
Never underestimate your influence and let God use you!
The Twenty-Third Psalm
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23: 1-6 (KJV)
See Kerry's article: "From Defeat to Victory"