Another one of my "students" went Home to Jesus on Tuesday. There will be another empty chair at our Bible study group.
Ruth Young was 89 years old. But, I never would have guessed her age. I thought she was younger. I didn't know too much about Ruth, as she was most quiet. She rarely shared. But, she was ever so faithful in attendance. Ruth was usually there before me. Waiting. Even in inclement weather. "I couldn't miss this", were her usual words.
Even though I don't know much about her personally, Ruth carried an air about her as one who has accomplished much in her life. I'm sorry that I didn't know her more intimately. She was always meticulously dressed with hair and make up done, jewelry adorning her. I found out yesterday that it will be a military funeral.
Ruth was in the military. Now that I did not know! Wow...
She voluteered at a local thrift shop. Right up to the end of this earthly life. At 89!
What an inspiration!
Ruth Young is with Jesus now and with her beloved husband whom she missed so very much. She has prayed many, a many prayers for her family over the years. So I ordered a prayer plant to be sent to the funeral home, so her family will always be reminded of the prayers she prayed for them all. Our Bible study group will make a donation in her name. That will be decided in the weeks ahead.
Today would have been Bible study day. Knowing Ruth, I can hear her say, "Don't not have Bible study on my account." But, our group will meet at the funeral home for our goodbyes to this wonderful woman who loved Jesus and His Holy Word very much.
And then tomorrow, as the "gun salute" sounds, I will honor this inspiring woman for having served our country.
And hopefully, I will learn more about this quiet, unassuming woman who brightened my life with her weekly presence. I will miss Ruth - especially when I first arrive at Bible study and she is not there to greet me. As I look over at her empty chair, I will thank our LORD for taking her quickly, without suffering.
Our lives are so fleeting. As the world continues to turn and life goes on, in one split second we can suddenly be absent from our bodies and in the Presences of our LORD God. Hallelujah for that!
Because of Him and Unto Him,