Today I, along with many others, attended the funeral service for Virginia Micheletti at the Brownstown, IL convention grounds. Virginia was 98 years old and a "nobody" as far as this world is concerned. However, she spent her life serving the Lord and giving herself to His work here on the earth; she is known to Him, and there is no greater thing that we could ever wish for. Her body will be laid to rest on Monday in a cemetery in Benton, IL, but her influence will linger with those for and with whom she labored in lifetime.
Virginia was in my home field the year after I graduated from high school, and I can still see her standing behind the microphone at Gospel Meeting, sharing the story that she loved so well. We knew before we got to meeting that she would speak from one of four or five different places in the Bible. We knew the stories she would tell. We knew what hymn she would choose. And yet, it was alive every time, and we just wanted to hear again.
After I was in the Work, Sharon Rostad and I went to visit Virginia in the nursing home in Effingham. When we got to her room, she was poring over her Bible, her nose nearly touching the magnifying glass that was pressed up against the page. She didn't even notice us come in. During our visit, she told us about Italy and the good years she had spent there, the work that had been accomplished. As we were leaving, we told her that we would come to see her again sometime. Her response was, "Well, call before you come. You never know when they'll give me a companion again, so I might not be here." She was content to be there, just ready to go again if she was needed. I love the picture I have in my mind's eye of her standing at the door waving to us as we walked to the car.
As we sang hymn #81 at her funeral today, I could just hear Virginia, see her pointing us to the precious footprints of our Savior. They were a treasure to her, and I deeply want to count them the same.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Here's what we sent to all our young friends:
1st youth meeting – 7:30 pm on Fri, Oct. 19 @ Darren & Jenny Kesselring’s house
- Bring a hymn that you’ve been thinking about.
- Study: I Samuel 3
- We’d love to hear something about your own personal testimony or the testimony of your family.
- We’d love to answer any and all questions that you come up with. However, we need them ahead of time so we have time to give them some thought. If we don’t get questions from you, we’ll start asking you some of our questions! J
- We’ll plan to have meetings on Nov. 2 & 16 as well. We’ll let you know where later.
Look forward to seeing you!!!
Ardith & Kamela
It was a success! We had eight young girls and two dads in our circle. We spent the first half of the meeting talking about I Sam. 3 and our testimonies and the second half discussing two of the questions that we had been given in advance. "What do you say when people ask you about the name of your religion?" and "How do you know that you are truly serving God?" There was great participation, and many helpful thoughts were shared. For our next meeting on Nov. 2, we will study Daniel and his three friends and share times in our personal experiences when we have taken a stand for the right even when it was difficult to be different. We'll try to answer a few more questions as well. I'm looking forward to it already!
Ardith and I very much enjoyed spending a few days with the Klepzig family this week. My two little friends, Gwendolyn and Bennett, are so adorable that my camera takes nearly constant pictures, almost seemingly of its own accord!
Gwendolyn points out all the "creatures" in her activity book to me
We try for a posed one
This is the famous "I'm stuck in the licorice" face
Pondering the box
Gwendolyn kisses Fleece
Gwendolyn shows us the proper way to roll dice
Who knew you could get so much exercise playing Farkle?!
Having fun with play dough
I love this one!
A trip to the park
Barbie gets fished out of the water
One of my very favorites
And now for one last trip down the slide before we head home...
What a ride!!
When we got home, G enjoyed watching this video over and over and over.
I was trying to capture all the sand that had attached itself to her, but I didn't quite manage it. It's still a cute picture, I think.
Heading back to the car
Do you see the fox?
Bennett is transfixed by his big sister's puzzling ability
What a cutie!
Sam and Adrian came for a short stay on Wednesday afternoon while Mom was at a parent-teacher conference. Of course, we had a smashing good time.
Sam entertains us
Adrian hams it up
The three musketeers