Thursday, July 17, 2008


The 101-year-old greeter met me at the door in her wheel chair.
Good afternoon, she said. How are you?
I responded, leaning in toward her to shake her hand. And how are you?
Never better, she said with a laugh.
I laughed back and said I was always happy when I was wearing sassy shoes, and so I lifted my leg to show off my blue patent flats and she admired them with a cluck of her tongue and a shake of her head. I’m sure she didn’t think I was anyone’s pastor.

I made my way to his room where he and his wife of 63 years wait for me, smiling as I went. This visiting, after all, while I struggle to make the appointments and even some days to look forward to it, breathes new life into what I do.

I don’t know if they’ll see 64 years together. They might, but they might not.

She’s a remarkable woman, he says to me, looking at her, his eyes filling with tears.
Oh, I don’t know about that, she responds with a modest giggle.

I think you’re both pretty remarkable, I say. And when I think about the truth of that statement – of what they’ve seen and the way they’ve lived and the delight they still take in a life that has changed so drastically the past couple of years – my own eyes fill with tears.
I think you’re both pretty remarkable.


Hot Cup Lutheran said...

wowzers! i'd say you had a wonderful day...

ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

This is the part of your job, pastor's jobs, that the rest of us can't understand because we aren't there in the same way. I think it is very good when pastors share these type of moments. The Web lets you do that. In person, well, you can't, I guess. Thanks.

BTW, my daughter still has no inkling of a church to be part of, and she went through the "draft" in 10/2007. The bish isn't doing anything, I guess.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

How sweet that they still are so smitten with each other after so many years.

more cows than people said...

remarkable indeed.

EmJayDee said...

How lucky they are to have you for their pastor. And how lucky I feel to have shared these moments of your day. Thanks!

Backwoods Rev said...

And you are pretty remarkable yourself!
What a wonderful ministry spirit day! And the sassy shoes do indeed, lift us up!

Anonymous said...

I am a UNM minister and frequently wear colored shoes on sunday. Purple are my favorite. I have red, green, pink. - so much fun!!!

lorna (see throughfaith) said...


glad you have great shoes on when you visit. Drab is depressing. you hear me?