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Mission Statement: Quiet Spirit writes for those who seek a closer relationship with God.

Monday, October 25, 2010

“So in Everything”

“So in everything, do to others what you

would have then do to you, for this sums up

the Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 7:12

We received the phone call. Our great-niece’s boyfriend had died. My husband’s sister called and suggested we go to the funeral

I didn’t want to go. I felt our presence wouldn’t be appreciated or understood. Our lifestyles were polar opposites. While I tried to fulfill my role as an aunt, I couldn’t condone the path this young woman walked.

I struggled with the decision my husband made, yes, we would attend this funeral, although we didn’t know the young man.

I sat at the kitchen table with my Bible opened. I found myself looking for the Golden Rule. When I found it, I noticed the introductory phrase, “So, in everything,” I stopped and thought about how this applied to my circumstance. I decided to start looking at this request as something I wanted to do rather than something I had to do.

When I left the house later that day, the leaves on the trees were move vivid with their summer color than I had ever seen. They seemed to dance in front of my eyes.

This memory came back to me when I heard one of our laymen speak recently. He told us he was a teenager and had accepted Christ before he noticed the green leaves on the trees and the birds singing in the air. I fully understood what he meant.


  1. Hi Quiet Spirit -

    Oh, how awful for your niece!

    Showing love to someone is key to getting their attention. I had to learn that doing this didn't mean I condoned a particular behavior.

    Susan :)

  2. You never know what something like this will end up meaning to someone. "So in everything.." what a good thing to remember!

  3. Amen. And a challenge for today ...

  4. I'm glad you went, dear. I'm sure your neice appreciated it. Even if her lifestyle isn't godly, you still love her, and she must have known that from your presence there.



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