For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage…
Last week I spoke about some of our youngest community members at St. James’ Parish. This week, I’d like to reflect with you upon my recent visits with some of our most elder parishioners.
With the blessed help of David Coburn and Tom Zimmer, two of our faithful Lay Eucharistic Visitors, on Tuesday, I enjoyed the great privilege of spending time with Phyllis Williams and Beatrice LeVatte. Dear Phyllis lives at Grace House in Auburn now, after having grown up here in Kent and attending St. James for many years. What an honor for me and Tom to chat with her, hear stories about her family and her faith, and share Eucharist together. I only hope I’m that sharp when (and if) I live to be 94! Phyllis knows that she remains connected to St. James through our love and prayers.
Then we went around the corner to see Beatrice, who, as you know, turned 100 this year! As we entered her room at Wisdom House, we found “Bee” working busily on one of her beloved word puzzles. She seemed very contented, and she spoke with enthusiasm as we prayed together during Eucharist. I let her know we were all thinking of her, and yet felt a bit sad as we departed, knowing that Bee no longer has relatives around to visit. The cheerful bunnies on the walls and the caring staff did not fully assuage my concern.
During this Holy Week and Eastertide, I pray that we will all remember not only the youngsters among us, but also those whose prayers and ministry paved the way for future generations. If you’d like to accompany Tom or Dave on a visit to one of these esteemed elders, please contact Shannon in the office. If you cannot visit, you may choose to send along a card or note to express your gratitude. It’s good to remember that we are—none of us—ever abandoned by God.
In the name of God who blesses all generations,