Mary, the “Well Dressed Christian” – Gail, Mary’s sister

For the past six weeks our pastor has presented a sermon series entitled “The Well Dressed Christian”.  Each Sunday he exchanged his alb and stole for a suit and tie representing the outward appearance of the well dressed christian.  The series was actually based on the verses in Colossians 3 that say: As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive grievances you may have.  Forgive as the Lord forgives you and over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity.

As I was listening to the sermon one of these Sundays, it occurred to me that my sister, Mary, was very much the “well dressed christian”.  I admired her ability to always dress in beautiful, colorful, outfits with everything matching from the fabulous jewelry down to the shoes, in addition to well coiffured hair (She got the good hair.), and pretty, manicured nails.  Not only was she well dressed in outward appearance but she definitely clothed herself with the attributes mentioned in Colossians.  Mary was compassionate. She cared so much for others.  Her involvement with the GoGo Grandmothers, reaching out to the African children and the grandmothers who care for them, is a wonderful example of her compassionate nature.  Was she kind? Yes.  She reached out with love to anyone in need.  Was she humble? Yes. As she lay on her death bed, she did not argue with God’s intentions for her.  She simply wondered if there was something else He wanted her to do.  Maybe that was answered when she was able to spend several sleepless evenings singing and praying with her son.  She was gentle and blessed with patience.  She would not have been able to spend many years teaching and touching the lives of so many children without these attributes.  Being a good christian, she knew the comfort of being able to forgive others and herself.  I’m sure she even forgave the lady in the grocery store, many years ago, who asked blonde, blue eyed, Mary, where in Mexico she had adopted her beautiful browned eyed, black haired babies. With a proud smile, she assured the lady that these little Norwegicans were birthed by her. Because Mary had a heart filled with love, she was definitely a great example of the well dressed christian.   She was a beautiful person inside and out. She loved her family, immediate and extended and we all loved her very much.

I miss my sister, Mary, “The Well Dressed Christian”.

From Gail, Mary’s sister

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