Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

For Lois

There are people in this world whose lives are a demonstration of commitment to moral uprightness. But they pursue this goal with little or no apparent joy. Life is one long burdensome climb for them. They carefully avoid the pitfalls that entrap foolish sinners, but they haven’t much to sing about. There’s a cold formality about them which others do not find winsome.

Then there are those, equally concerned with integrity, whose lives are filled with mercy…the mercy they have received, and the mercy they show. Their quiet strength is matched by their gentleness. For them life is an adventure in loving. There is a hopefulness about them. When things are at their worst, they will yet occasionally smile that knowing smile, as though they have resources to take into account which go far beyond their circumstances. Trouble cannot completely hem them in. And they remain unselfish even in their suffering. Their thoughts and their hopes are mainly for others. The law of kindness is observed and honored in their words. They find their way into our hearts where they remain to call us onward and upward at just the times we need it most. There clings to them and even to the memory of them an ancient and familiar aroma that once arose from a village called Nazareth. They are beautiful spirits in whose presence we find it easier to be and to do good. They enable us to be hopeful about our own journeys. They help us not to settle for less than Jesus wants for our lives. Knowing them, we understand that we have been loved by another. And sometimes such people are named, Lois.

Lois Winegardner, servant of Jesus Christ, beloved wife of 58 years to Don, dear mother to Nancy G, Ronnie W. and Cindy W., took her journey from us to Paradise, Wednesday, July 30th.

Thank you, Lois, for helping us see what living for Jesus looks like, for gracing our lives and for holding on to faith under such tough trials as you neared your homegoing. One man told his preacher students, “The last thing we can do for Jesus Christ, is to die. So do it well!” Beloved sister in Christ…you did it well!

One of these days we’ll come looking for you. For you are not lost to us…nor to Him. We know right where to find you. Bless God!

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2 thoughts on “For Lois

  1. I would have loved to have known Lois. It sounds like her spirit will be around long after she has gone Home.

    Doesn’t it do your heart good to be around people like her? People that just seem to have a calmness that can only come from having met Jesus. She obviously learned what it was like to follow Him and then practiced it daily.

    It’s hard to let go of good people, but it sure makes it a little easier to know that it’s not “good-bye” … just “c-ya later”.

    YES, PAIGE, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY KNOWING LOIS, AS SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY KNOWING YOU. AH WELL…ONE OF THESE DAYS…
    LOIS WAS ONE OF THOSE DEAR SOULS WHO HAD A HEART FOR OTHERS. SHE INVOLVED HERSELF IN A CARD MINISTRY THAT WAS TRULY WONDERFUL. HER CARDS WERE WORKS OF ART, CREATED PERSONALLY BY HER, CRAFTED IN LOVE AND ACCOMPANIED BY PRAYER. WE MISS HER SMILING PRESENCE AMONG US. THE NIGHTS ARE PARTICULARLY TOUGH ON HER LOVING HUSBAND OF 58 YEARS…BUT HE IS DOING THE BEST HE CAN. BUT WE THINK OF HER JOY THERE IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS. WE WOULDN’T BRING HER BACK, EVEN IF WE COULD…BECAUSE WE WOULDN’T SECURE OUR COMFORT AT ANOTHER’S EXPENSE (THANK YOU FOR THAT THOUGHT). GOD BLESS YOU, SISTER.

  2. What a tribute…she must have been a wonderful woman. Those people who bring grace and mercy and so much Jesus-ness into our lives are quite a treasure. It leaves a hole that simply cannot be filled by any one else. But we enjoy the gift while we can, and look forward to the day we can reunite.

    Thank you Doug for sharing a little of Lois with us.

    A TREASURE…YES! A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE KNOWN…YES! AN EMPTY PLACE IN OUR HEARTS…YES! FURTHER MOTIVE FOR MAKING IT TO HEAVEN…YES! WHAT GOD DOES FOR US IN THE GOOD PEOPLE OF OUR ACQUAINTANCE, WELL, HOW CAN WE ESTIMATE THE VALUE OF IT? ISN’T IT BEYOND GREAT TO BE PART OF A FAMILY THAT’S BEEN BORN AGAIN…WHOSE LOVE KNOWS NO END…BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST? GOD BLESS YOU, SHERRY. I AM CONVINCED THERE ARE MANY, MANY FOLKS WHO THANK GOD THAT YOU HAVE COME INTO THEIR LIVES LIKE A REFRESHING BREEZE SENT FROM THE HEART OF GOD.

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