As many other Americans, I spent the past few hours watching the State Funeral of former President Herbert Walker Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  It was quite a tribute, and I was moved to tears more than once.  He was remembered so fondly, with such respect.  I am proud to be an American.

It got me to thinking – How will I be remembered?  When I think of how I remember some of the women in the Bible, I think of Mrs. Noah and the patience she must have had all those years Noah was building the ark and the time that was spent in a closed in vessel with all those animals!  God Bless Her!  I think of Sara (h) – I wonder how she felt when Abraham came in saying, “Pack up!  We’re moving!”, and she asked, “Where?” and Abraham said, “I don’t know.”  “Why?” “Because God said so.” – and so she packed and went not knowing where they were going.  I think about Ruth who showed such love and devotion to her mother-in-law.  I think of Abigail, who quickly tried to right the wrong of her wicked husband, Nabal, and later won David’s heart, when she was widowed.  I think about Hannah – the Godly woman, who gave her much longed for, prayed for, and beloved son, back to God as she promised. (I Samuel 1 and 2)

In the New Testament, Mary, the mother of Jesus was “blessed among women.” (Luke 1:28) This young girl was chosen the be the earthly mother of our Lord because she “found favor with God.”  (Luke 1:30)  Not only is this a tribute to Mary, but I also feel that it is a tribute to her parents who must have been Godly people to raise such a daughter.  I think of the widow who gave her last two mites and was praised by Jesus because she gave all that she had. (Mark 12:41-44)  Jesus enjoyed some “down time” in the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.  Most of the time, Martha is remembered as the one who was busy serving and complained about Mary not helping, and Mary as the one who “chose the good part” – sitting and listening at Jesus’ feet.  (Luke 10:38-42)  Later, Mary broke the seal on a very expensive alabaster box of ointment and anointed Jesus.  He gave her such a compliment declaring that “She hath done what she could…….wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” (Mark 14:8-9)

How do I want to be remembered?  In the front of my Bible years ago, I wrote “Lord, help me to BE GOOD, and to DO GOOD” so that heaven may one day be my home.  That pretty much sums it up for me.  How will you be remembered?  God Bless, Courtney

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