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A Hero Among Us

Apr 24th, 2017 | By Ava M. Gardner, Blog Lead

This week, we bid farewell to a member who, with her husband, is relocating to the east coast to be near her family.   She has given our church forty years of service. 

As church members, I know we were (or are) a little selfish believing we were Mary's family.  We truly feel that way.  She touched so many people in years of service.  We had been joking around up to this point that it will take ten people to fill all of the positions and responsibilities she handled for the church.

 I have always said that Mary is a 'servant' leader. She knows the right process, the right word, and the right steps for addressing all needs and concerns. She is never without an answer, or the appropriate message for any situation. And, the word, 'No' doesn't seem to exist in her vocabulary. She is the 'poster' child, and the epitome of a Christian leader.

Mary has been stating, that she feels there is a ram in the bush somewhere, waiting for the opportunity to blaze trails in our church, where is leaving off. I responded, 'It's probably more like a lamb in the woods."

I aspire to be just a fraction of who Mary is as I journey through my Christian walk.  It would be ridiculous of me to aspire higher. There's only room for so many super heroes out there. When Mary leaves this earth, and if she never lifts a single finger to do anything else, God will definitely say "Well done, good and faithful servant.

And, it probably compels the rest of us (or at least, certainly me) to ponder, "What will  God say about me?"

Heroes Among Us

Matthew 25:21

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!'


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