some point in life when the future looks brief, it is a wise thing to take
stock of one’s own life. With that in mind, it dawned on me that my life is
really made up of the people I have known. Each of them has put something into
my life. These days I am attempting to say thank-you to as many of them as I
can. It has turned out to be a slow process, so let me turn to the Shepherd’s
Staff to reach as many of you as I can. If you know me to any degree, you are
one of those individuals. Our contact may have been brief, but you left
something with me when our paths intersected.
My mother exhibited genuine Christianity. Instead of being bitter over the circumstances of life, she used them to minister to others. Even in her advanced age, she was ever the servant. It was her patience and love that drew me to her Savior. Many of her positive traits were a gift to me, and I am thankful for those qualities. They often say that it is the woman in a marriage who makes the man what he is. I confess that that is true in my life. Ruth’s remarkable patience has made all the difference. Mother-in-law jokes never worked for me. God gave me a great one, and I loved her dearly. There were many other family members who had a part in my growth, but these are just a few.