Saturday, July 8, 2017

Remembering Mary

Today would have been Mary Croushore's birthday.  Mary, pictured above with Kirk Brunmeier and Jan Hagar, was a wonderful servant of the Lord.  She simply enjoyed helping other people.  And she always made sure that LICL put its best foot forward, so to speak, through greeting and ushering at worship and by the way she did her work in the office.

Mary suffered for about a year or so from ALS.  She suffered while displaying great courage and steadfast faithfulness in her Lord and Savior.  In ministering to Mary I got to know her daughter Anita and her family and also Mary's friend, Bob Faulkner.  I watched in awe as they loved and supported Mary.  And they were by her side as the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd, led Mary through the valley of the shadow of death so that she might rest in His arms until the Last Day, "the resurrection of the dead and the life everlasting."

Thank You, O Lord, for blessing us with Mary's love, friendship and care.  She modeled Your compassion in the way she helped and served others.  Enable us to do the same until that last great day when the trumpet sounds and You receive the greatest escort we will ever see, when you come to judge the living and the dead.  We will be reunited with our loved ones who kept the faith and trusted You for forgiveness, life and salvation.  What a reunion that will be! We look forward to that day when we shall all together give You our total worship and praise.  What a joy it will be to stand with Mary on that day.  Keep us in the one true faith until You come again.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Worship this weekend at LICL - Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 8 and 11 am.  Have a blessed day!