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. . . . . Who travelled in and out my door, I'm glad they came along. (song by Willie Nelson) . . . . .

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"Be ye kind one to another"

Written for Sunday, January 21, 2007
That's what Mema taught every nursery child in her care who was old enough to memorize. [She passed away January 16, 2007, read her obituary here.]

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Mema always said all her great-grandchildren were great. I'm sure these two had learned this verse. Mema generally would tell you this tale.

One time a little boy and girl in her nursery were fighting. Mema told them to remember Ephesians 4:32.

One replied, "We didn't forget it, we just aren't doing it."

Mema then said, "and further more, God doesn't live in places where people fight."

One child then came back, "Why doesn't God come live with us, it's a lot better than this [meaning the nursery]?"

Did Mema meet her match that time? Of course not, those kids knew and were reminded of their improper behavior.

There are two parts of following God's wishes: first one must know what God wants, the Bible tells us; then we must obey, 'just do it' as the Nike slogan says.

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32 (King James Version)(link)

Ephesians 4:32 and Mema's 62 years of working were a focal point during the minister's message at her funeral yesterday.

A few links to Mema blogs [Technorati Search found 40 blogs, try these]
Family Reunion II - A Meeting of Five Cousins . . . [at New Hope Cemetery where she is buried]
Adi can [Mema thought Adi had worms]
(all) Good things have to come to an end [89th birthday]
One more Mema story [she almost had a sip of beer]
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith



  • At Tuesday, February 13, 2007 2:48:00 PM, Blogger Jim said…


    Dear Jim..Such a nice verse to start the week out with.."Be ye kind"
    Thanks for the reminder. We need to hear it often!!
    I hope for you a blessed Lord's Day and your precious Mema is spending her first Lord's Day in Heaven praising the One who landed her safely there...Love Terry

    Give Mrs. Jim and Adi a Canadian Christian hug from me!
    # posted by Terry :
    Sun Jan 21, 06:11:59 AM CST

    Excellent tribute! I read the Mema story and laughed out loud.
    # posted by Ralph's Homespun Headlines :
    Sun Jan 21, 03:17:26 PM CST

    Another saint! I remember the birthday picture at the Mexican place from last year. Tell Mrs. Jim that she's in my thoughts and prayers.
    # posted by poopie :

    Sun Jan 21, 04:37:40 PM CST
    Great post Jim. I agree with Terry. She will be missed for certain. Hope Mrs. Jim is doing okay.
    # posted by Rachel :
    Sun Jan 21, 08:29:43 PM CST

    Dear Jim...You can just take any picture that you want from my blog..
    After all I did take that little doggie or yours' for a long trip to Canada and she did a good job. I guess what she found out is that Jel was into some bad ice storms, but she is safe and sound and we will all have her sunshine again pretty soon....Take care my friend!...from Terry
    # posted by Terry :

    Mon Jan 22, 09:35:00 AM CST
    Jim you said it all and beautifully said too.
    Lots of hugs to you and Mrs Jim.

    Take care xx
    # posted by Britmum :
    Mon Jan 22, 11:38:09 AM CST

    I'm very sorry to hear about Mema.

    huggs to you and Mrs Jim!
    # posted by jel :
    Mon Jan 22, 01:44:02 PM CST

  • At Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:30:00 PM, Anonymous susie said…

    "Why doesn't God come live with us, it's a lot better than this [meaning the nursery]?"

    Mema had a reply for that, too. She would say something like (I can't remember her exact words, but maybe you can), "Because God doesn't live with boys and girls who don't do Ephesians 4:32!"


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