I don’t normally reprint my article from our Sunday morning bulletin, but I wanted this one to be seen by more than just my members.
I’m writing this on Tuesday, so by the time you read this, we should be back from having the funeral for Donna’s mother, Glenave Curtis. Most of you didn’t know her really well, because she had only visited Florissant a few times over the years. I don’t want to eulogize her again in this article, but something about her truly struck my heart this week. We live in a very different world than we did just a few years back. With social media and the ever increasing focus on TV and movie personalities, it just seems like everyone wants attention. Not just the usual “please notice me—I’m somebody” attention and affirmation that it part of building growing a healthy self-esteem, but the kind of attention that is demanding, relentless, comparative, and often in total disregard for who or how many are hurt or offended. It is almost as if people think they don’t count unless they get their proverbial “Fifteen Minutes of Fame”.
And then there are people like Glenave Curtis. A quiet, obscure, housewife, mom, grand mother, great grand mother, and retired Home Economics teacher. The world didn’t know her nor will the Nightly News mention her life and her passing. Fame was not imagined, sought, or desired by her one second of her life. Even her published cook book was driven by a desire to help others not garner attention to herself. BUT…she made a difference! A huge difference! Her love and servant spirit helped train her four children to be the same way. Her deep desire to help others learn and grow touched hundreds and hundreds of lives as a school and Bible class teacher. Her tiny country home literally had thousands of guests and loved ones fill it up—enjoying some of the best food and fellowship many would ever experience. More than anything else, her unwavering love for God and His Word was consistently shown in the way she and Dean lived, shared, helped, sacrificed, and set the example for the rest of us.
The world didn’t know her, but those who did thank God for the blessing. Now He has her, which is what she wanted all along.
* Thanks for you prayers, cards, & donations to CFS for her.