Written by Sandra Fields
When experiencing the virus, racial unrest, and the health of both you and your spouse, how do you cope? You look at how you have lived your life, who influenced you, and what you learned.
I learned from a lot of people and am still learning today.
Born in West Virginia during the end of World War II, I was blessed with a strong family who knew how to strive through difficult times for the sake of love.
My mother earned her degree at Western Carolina University during the Great Depression. She was able to do this because her father went to work in the coal mines of West Virginia while her mother remained in North Carolina with the children and sold apples from the orchard for income. Because of this, all of their children went on to college.
My paternal grandfather, skilled in math, was the manager of the company store for Consolidated Coal in West Virginia, and because of him, many members of my mom’s family were able to get jobs there. He also had a farm in southwest Virginia that he purchased from his wife’s father. He used that purchase to give to others: his grandchildren, his wife’s sister, and the Presbyterian Church after his death. It seemed to be a small gift, but it has grown.
I also remember Jane, Sidney, Anthony, Paul, Judy, Carina, Mustafa, Karla, Raoul, Myra, Chickalily, Karen, Paul Moskowitz, so many names and heritages. If I have left one out, it is not because I don’t care. This is a heritage that I respect and try to emulate.
We need one another. It is because the universe is so large, and I believe God wants us to know one another in peace and harmony. Somehow, we will figure this out. It may take time and patience, but in the striving comes understanding. That is the first step to love.
As we all remember our lives and those we have met and learned from, my prayer is that we remember the important things: love, laughter, forgiveness, and hope for the future.
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;
10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.