Today’s Bible reading was written for me by others. They gave it to me yesterday during a graduation ceremony for a young lady in a class by herself – figuratively and literally!!
The Class of 2010 consisted of one of our more outstanding Youth members. I remembered when she was in out Sunday School class and I would go to her mother and thank her for her daughter. Her sister was already in the High School class and both of those girls had so many things in common – their beauty went all the way through their souls.
Our Youth Pastor read from Psalms 144:12.
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: (Psalms 144:12 KJV)
Our Pastor used 1Timothy 1:5.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (1 Timothy 1:5 KJV)
Her first Youth Pastor here (now a pastor of his own church) read from Proverbs 4:18.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18 KJV)
Her father, an ordained minister now serving as our Children’s Director, used Psalms 1:1.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalms 1:1-2 KJV)
All apply to her. She is shiningly polished as a palace and is a strong cornerstone, building her faith through works for others. Her heart is pure and her faith most certainly unfeigned. She serves as a shining light for the children she works with, her peers she spends time with and adults that have been blessed by her service.
I was struck as her father pictured the steps of walking, standing, then sitting with non-believers. It’s gradual, insidious and painful for people to watch when a child of God takes those steps away from His plan for lives. Therefore, it is such a blessing to see one who has walked in Godly counsel; who has stood firm in faith with her peers and yesterday sat with a congregation who watched her, alone, walk down the aisle as the entire Class of 2010.
You see, she was home schooled, working at her own pace with one of the best of teachers – her mother. She completed the high school curriculum with grades of A’s and B’s, applying herself to studies as she applies herself to life – whole-heartedly.
Does it sound as though I love her? I do. She’s part of my extended church family and I’ve known her for almost six years, counting it a privilege to have been one of her teachers. Next fall we will lose her to college, eventually to a blessed young man. It will be for him to come to understand what we already know – she’s a Proverbs 31 woman and eventually he’ll know that:
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:11-12 KJV)