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You Didn’t Say Goodbye

January 23, 2016

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Char,

Your leaving was too much like you – classy, unpretentious, humble.  It was as you lived – a life that was not about you.

But I really would have liked to say good-bye.

 

I wrote the following 6 years ago this month – a tribute:

Classy Godliness – A Woman Called Char

There is this lady at church who I would say is best described as one who radiates classy godliness.  She’s classy in appearance and style and godly in just about everything.  I’d say everything, but I know that’s probably not true.

This woman seems to always dress sharp, with style, and in colors that are attractive with the natural colors God gave her.  Her hair always seems to look good, her make-up subtle, and earrings, usually, just right.   She honors her Creator.
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There’s a modest, humble, yet sophisticated, style with Char.  The photo says it all.

(Heaven just got classier.)

Her outward beauty reflects a far deeper beauty  – the beauty of her Lord.  She exudes him in her life.  Her spirit is of The Spirit.  She bears its fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

It seems, at times, she lives at church.  She’s at every event – not as participant, but as a servant – always helping – humbly, graciously, always as Christ.  And all with a genuine smile.

She has the amazing ability to make everyone feel like he or she is somehow special.  I think it stems from who she married – Christ.  Christ is both the recipient and the source of her love.  With Christ, in Christ, she loves as Christ   …which is amazing.

What everyone doesn’t know is that Char can lay aside the class act in a second if the need is to get dirty.

Distance to the need does not stop her. She’ll go to Africa if there’s a need she can help with. And she has on more than one occasion.
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And she’ll travel a thousand miles to help those who have lost everything in a hurricane.
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She’ll put away her dress, put on a t-shirt, roll up the sleeves, flex some muscle, and go to work.  And enjoy doing it.
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She’ll work tirelessly, without air conditioning, in the Mississippi heat and humidity.

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She’ll sleep on the floor in the open co-ed gym with everyone else.
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She’ll use Port-A-Potties.
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And her undisclosed age won’t keep her from joining a team much younger than herself.

Char will live outside-the-box when her God calls her to serve outside.

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She has served many.  She has served much.

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Thanks, Char, for all you did, and for all you are.

Goodbye?

No.

See you.

 

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  1. dutchessofdorkville #
    January 24, 2016

    Oh my goodness, this breaks my heart! I used to attend BBC my entire childhood and Char was one of the beautiful women who had a positive influence on me. So sad to hear she’s gone. But you’re right, its not goodbye, just…see you.
    :…(

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