Tonight I am writing a salute to a lady I met recently though my work. Phyllis (not her real name) is in her eighties and confused at times. However, as is often the case, she is not confused about the Scriptures. I have seen this time and again. Whether people with dementia, or the mentally disabled, or the head injured, they all carry a soul within that is able to spiritually discern what some minds cannot –or cannot anymore– comprehend. It is really a beautiful thing.
Phyllis was reading her Bible as I approached and she was eager to tell me what she had just read. She said, “I’ve just been reading the most wonderful story! I’m reading in Acts 9 about how Peter raised Tabitha from the dead.” She went on to recall the entire story to me, and to tell me what it meant to her. Phyllis also shared with me the story of how she became a Christian and how she had faithfully served teaching rowdy boys in Sunday school for several decades.
I absolutely love meeting saints like Phyllis. Bible in hand, she was cherishing what she read as if it were new–it’s like that for all of us because the Scriptures are living and they penetrate the heart (Hebrews 4:12). I loved seeing how precious those words have been to her throughout her lifetime. Check the front cover:
Phyllis has God’s Word within her heart, and even in her old age it is a comfort and a guide to her. She is peaceful and confident of her future. I hope to age like Phyllis, with the words of my Savior nearby so that I can both continue to learn and continue to share until my very last day.
Well done Phyllis! You have kept the faith. You have finished strong.