We stopped by her home today for a final farewell and a cup of tea. Katy and I left her standing at her stairs waving goodbye and we pulled away crying for the loss we feel as Helen and her husband Conley move closer to their family in Ohio. She gave us a few of her books to remember her by. Knowing how much we like to study Spurgeon, she gave us her copy of Spurgeon’s Sermon Notes. We will treasure that.
On the drive home I told Katy that I am so blessed by the number of Godly women who have taught me over the years. When I left home at the age of eighteen to become Paul’s wife, the plan was already in place for me to grow in grace and knowledge. My mother-in-Law taught me how to set a table and cook a meal so that everything was hot and ready to serve at the same time. I appreciated learning to do that and now I love to entertain. I met two wonderful women in New Jersey, Barbara and Mary, who through their Bible studies taught me how to share my faith and how to raise children God’s way. When we moved to Virginia, I met Eunice who taught me how to live and how to die trusting in the mercies of God. After Eunice died, the Lord gave me Helen. Helen has taught me that laying my life down to care for someone is a gift from God. And she has certainly taught me to keep my sense of humor at all times.
I will miss Helen. About the time I was wondering how I would go on without the wit and wisdom of Helen, a woman named Beverly came into my life. A visitor at our church, she was invited to join our small group and the first time I met her I knew she was my next gift from the Lord. She was given a very heavy responsibility in caring for her young daughter, who at the age of eighteen contracted a mysterious illness that rendered her an invalid and eventually took her life. When Beverly looks me in the eye and states, “Dawn, even if it doesn’t seem like God’s grace is sufficient, you will one day look back and see that it was,” I believe her. Her words bring me courage and comfort.
I am certain that Helen will be given another “Dawn” in Ohio. Her ministry will continue. One thing I pray for the younger women in my life is that they will be able to glean something of use and value from me, as I now have become as scripture says, an “older woman.” They will have the benefit of all the wisdom my “Titus 2″ friends have passed on to me.