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Shalom, My Friend Posted 2.14.2014

Something always happens when on my way out of town.  Well, that’s simply anecdotal, but sometimes it feels that way.  Last week we lost a long-time, faithful, cheerful friend of Peninsula.  I would suppose that most reading this will not know of whom I speak.  Lurline Hill passed away rather suddenly last week. She’d fallen a while back and never was able to make it back to church since that fall.  She hadn’t missed often and has been a member since 1977.  That’s 37 years.


As I reflect on Lurline, I will never ever forget our two – yes two! – trips to Israel we thoroughly enjoyed together.  Burritt and Lurline love to travel, and I’m sure there are not many places on this globe that their feet have not touched.  But Lurline didn’t just love to travel, she loved to learn.  She always listened with great interest and care as the guide would explain the nuances of each site we visited.  We trekked up and down and up and down and back up again – all over the land of Israel, and she was a trooper on both journeys to Israel.  What a wonderful companion and lover of The Land.


But I guess what strikes me most about Lurline is her sense of joy in life.  She always – and I mean always – greeted me in the worship center or lobby with a smile.  A big one.  Her faith, at least it seemed to me, was a simple faith.  And I mean that is best sense possible.  She put her trust in God – and submitted to Burritt and just enjoyed each day of life – wherever it took her. 


There was a quietness about her, which to me speaks of a deep, deep trust in God.  The ups and downs of church life could swirl around her, but she would smile and never waver in her faith and support and love for this church family.  We have been blessed by her presence, because she did use her gifts to serve Jesus and we such examples of quiet godliness.


When I think of Lurline I am reminded of Peter’s words, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:3-4).  I cannot conclude anything other than Lurline, you have been an example of that gentle and quiet spirit for many years around here.  And, though you haven’t been in a position of much public notoriety, you have demonstrated to me the values so promoted by God, of a gentle and quiet spirit.  You see, those qualities are of great worth in the sight of our God.


The Body needs that example.  We will miss seeing that example in the days and years ahead.  I will miss the weekly reminder in the life of Lurline that what I might think important, God does not.  It is the inner being and the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth to God. 


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