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Mary’s Faithful Service~

Philippians 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Mary was a one-of-a-kind classy no-nonsense lady, with a passion for living and a heart for the LORD.  She lived the last twenty years of her life at a skilled nursing facility. I was one of the very blessed individuals who had the honor of caring for her as one of my residents/patients. She was a joy and compliant in all of her care, and always filled with inspiration. Aside from being part of her medical psychosocial disciplinary team, I had the distinct honor of being Mary’s friend. A role I firmly embraced.

She was an example of God’s light and had an inner glow that radiated throughout any room she entered. And truly touched all those she came into contact with. There wasn’t one person who didn’t love or appreciate her. Oh sure, let me just say that there were a couple of individuals who resided in the facility, who didn’t want to hear anything Mary offered up to them. But I assure you, they were in the minority, as the majority were mesmerized by her and welcomed her sage advice quite readily. She had an innate wisdom that could only come from living a fruitful life and being a woman of faith all her years on earth. I would describe her as a woman on fire for Jesus.

Matthew 5:15Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Mary was quick to encourage those who were downtrodden, depressed, and in physical pain. She smiled her million-dollar smile and would ask, “Do you know Jesus?” In the years I had known Mary, her contributions in life were numerous.  Many people accepted Jesus due to Mary’s behavior and passion about God, so many wanted to experience and have what “she had.”

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Mary taught Sunday school for 30 years and had a deeply rewarding career as a pediatric nurse. She held many parent’s hands, wiped away countless tears from her “children” and provided non-stop support and hope to all parties concerned. It was a true calling from the LORD.

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Her life of devotion to others and her dedication to the LORD, could bring her to being one of the many strong women in the Bible. She loved deeply and passionately, and she was genuine. Nothing artificial or phony about this lovely and selfless lady.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”

One of her only regrets in life was being childless. She often prayed for a miracle during her years of marriage. However, it never happened.  Instead, Mary devoted herself to the next best thing. Pediatrics taking care of many babies that she treated like her very own. That’s what made her so good, her golden heart. Her goal was to care and do for those in need, and provide all the love along with her skills as a nurse. She was a fine example of Christianity.

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

It was a sad day for many when Mary passed away. She requested three people to be with by her side during her transition from here to beyond, and I was one of the privileged three. She wanted us to read Psalm 23 aloud and wanted the Hymn “How Great Thou Art” to be playing while we read.  I held her thin veiny hand in mine and knew she was going on to a much greater place, but I was going to miss her so very much. She was like a part of my family, and such a kind soul.  I’ve no doubt Mary, this fine faithful servant was welcomed home with a shout and cheers.

Her very last words were barely audible, “Jesus, Jesus…”

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

“LORD, Praise and glory to Your name, and thank You for allowing me to be in the role I was in at the nursing home, it was a pleasure and honor, may I continue to do all according to Your will and purpose, today and always in Jesus’ name, Amen.”




C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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