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!