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Springfield Today April 24, 2018

May 11, 2018 by  
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Good Moanin’ Springfiedians, Either today or Thursday would have been Teri’s mom’s 97th birthday. It’s not that I don’t remember which is the right date; I just don’t know which is the right date.

Mary made her grand entrance into heaven in March of 2009. But we’re not sure which day she was born on. You see for all of her life Mary had celebrated her birthday on April 24th. She told everyone that was when her birthday was. That was date on her driver’s license. That was the date that Teri and her sister always called their mom and sang her a “Happy Birthday.” That was the date, whoever she was living with or by, would take her out to lunch or dinner to celebrate her birthday.

But after her passing and all the arrangements had to be made, which included getting her birth certificate from the county in Tennessee where she was born, they discovered that her birth certificate was dated April 26th 1921. So, they really don’t know which date is correct.

They know she was born at home. They know that April 24, 1921 was a Sunday. They don’t know if a doctor helped to deliver her or whether a midwife did. They don’t know if there was delay in doing the paper work because she was born on a Sunday, and that caused the discrepancy. They don’t know if her parents got it wrong and told Mary the wrong date.

We’re not sure how it happened but for 87 years Mary had celebrated her birthday on April 24th, while her birth certificate said she was born on April 26th.

This is one of my favorite “Mary Stories.”

Teri’s mom, when we lived in Michigan, lived at an independent living place called The Inn on Cass Lake. They had all these activities right there that the people could join in and get to know one another. They had Bible studies, and exercise classes, game night, and movie night. Just a wide range of activities. And at some these activities they could win, what I think they called, “Inn Dollars.” And then, every so often, they’d have an auction, when they could buy, with their Inn Dollars, a number of different things.

Well, before Christmas one year they were going to have one of their auctions. Mary had stockpiled quite a few Inn Dollars. She hadn’t used them for anything and she decided she’d go to the auction. She looked over what they were auctioning off and they really didn’t have anything she was interested in, but she decided she’d stay for the auction anyway.

There was one resident who had bought a number of things already, and then a Santa Claus door hanger came up for auction. I guess it was something you could hang on the door of your apartment. And this one little old lady was bidding, and then the one who had already bought a number of things, also got into the bidding. Well, it was real obvious that this frail little old lady, for whatever reason, really wanted that Santa Claus door hanger. But this other lady just kept bidding higher, and higher. In fact, she kept bidding until this other lady obviously didn’t have enough Inn Dollars to make the next bid. And by the look on her face, you could just tell she was so disappointed, and the other lady sat with a smug look on her face, like she had just won the fight of her life.

It was right then that Mary decided she had found a good way to use her Inn Dollars. So for the first time she put in a bid, it was more, than the second lady had. Mary walked up to get her Santa Claus door hanger, and then she immediately walked over to this little old frail lady and handed it to her. And big ‘ole tears began to run down her cheeks, she was so happy.

Now I have no clue why a Santa Claus door hanger could be so important to her, but you can bet, every time she saw Mary after that, she saw someone who was clothed in kindness.

Who is it in your life that needs to see you clothed in kindness?

A family member? A friend? Or how about an enemy?

Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12 NIV)

So, no matter what day you were born, why not be a “doer” of the Word and “do” the kind today for someone.

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