Today is dedicated to my 6th Grade Sunday School Teacher. She was the "spunkiest" woman I know. She embodied life more than anyone I ever met. She taught school and had hundreds of students. Widowed in her 50's, she gave her life to serving children. God didn't see to bless her with children from her own womb...but it didn't matter, since she was a teacher to so many of us...hundred's of students in school and church. Even in her sixties, she dedicated her time to children like me on Sunday morning or chaperoned us at youth events. We always welcomed her to our youth events, even if she was the age of our grandparents. The Lord decided to take her home this week. They found her in her rocking chair.
I just know she was telling God a joke and He decided she could tell it in person. Since she always made an entrance, I am sure she came around the corner looking at Him and waving her finger with, "now couldn't you have given me a bigger exit? A chariot of fire would have been great!" What a joy! She always had the best one-liners.
Nancy Straley - the young woman on the left
I had the wonderful blessing of seeing my 6th grade Sunday School teacher while attending a family's 50th Wedding Anniversary. She was just as "spunky" as ever and bragging on her age of 90. I was so excited all my children had the chance to meet her, but most of all I was so excited to show them to her. I said, "can you believe they are all mine?" She laughed and started telling tales on me. She was there in my youth and there when I said "I do". She painted us a picture as a wedding gift. She had seen me grow up both physically and spiritually. She had remained a dear family friend, making her way to my sister-in-law's Anniversary party... even if she needed a cane to assist her.
Many churches have done away with the "old type" of Sunday School....I am glad I had the wonderful spiritual instructions from a "traditional" Bible-teaching Sunday School. So, today I say... Thanks for giving to the Lord...I am life that was changed.
His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matt 25;21
Welcome Home Nancy....enter into your master's happiness.