Patron Saint of Love

In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be? Places, activities, objects — all are fair game.

I have enrolled in writing 101 class for the month of June, so my journals will look a little different, so bare with me.

Sainthood, I cannot fathom the concept of me being named a saint, but the question did bring to memory of a lady who I would consider a modern day saint.

Her name was Lillian Wilson, aka Willie. This woman exemplified sainthood like no other person I have know. She looked a lot like the cartoon character Maxine, even down to a bump on her nose and even Maxine’s actions remind me of Willie.

Willie could and would tell you what she was thinking, but she always did it in love. After she got through being tough with you she would say, “you know I still love you, now come here and give me a hug.”

This beautiful saint was a missionary in her own neighborhood, she embraced the children who lived on her street and always kept molasses cookies in her freezer for anyone who visited.

At the age of 90, she was too busy to go and have lunch with you on Sundays after church because she needed to go to the nursing home and “visit the youngsters.”

While she was still able she collected clothes for the United Methodist Children’s home and make a trip across the river about once a month to deliver the clothes.

She was the essence of a Christ follower and truly loved all of God’s children. She gave unselfishly and served those who were within her sphere of influence. She was a modern day saint.


About gemmygem2013

I am a hospice chaplain, wife of 30 years and a woman with a heart for hope and healing and hospitality. The word "Bikos" is a Greek word which means Earthen Vessel. My life prayer has been "Make me a vessel that brings honor and glory to Your name." This is taken from the scripture verse that talks about becoming a vessel of honor 2 Timothy 2:20; "Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor." As a human, I see myself as a vessel seeking to bring honor to God through all that I say and all that I do. Sometimes that vessel is solid and strong, bringing honor and glory to God's name, and sometimes that vessel is cracked, in need of repair. As a hospice chaplain, I see the individuals and families that I work with as vessels of God, seeking either to be healed or seeking to bring healing to the world around them. Either way, we are all vessels of God, The Divine One, The God of Relationships. It is my belief that we are all seeking how to live in relationship with ourselves, with others, and with God. Some are further along on this path than others. This blog will be about myself as I learn what it means to become a vessel of honor and glory, about my life as a hospice chaplain, and the struggles I deal with in the day to day journey walking with others in hospice and in life. Blessings and Shalom
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