“My name is Mamie, not like Eisenhower, because I don’t have any money.”
That’s how I was introduced to the homeowner, whose house we worked on while serving in Crisfield, MD last week.
We should have been able to meet Lewis too, but he had had a stroke a few weeks back and was in the hospital, unable to speak.
Mamie spent every night sleeping by her husband’s bedside. But she came home in the morning to greet us and spend time at her home, keeping us company.
She had the TV playing Daniel Boone, Bonanza and Matlock. It was rather comforting to see tv shows from a time that seemed much simpler. I found myself turning to watch a few times, as we took breaks in our day.
As she would give us updates on Lewis throughout the week, I would hear her say things like “With God, all things are possible.” She always had a smile on her face and an attitude of grace.
Last week Mamie taught me how to be present with those around me in the midst of hardship. Her husband was in the hospital and she spent as much time as she could with him. But she also spent time to get to know us as we worked on her home. She didn’t have to do that and no on expected it, but she understood the importance of encouraging those in the body of Christ. She understood the importance of building relationships and connecting with those around her.
As I get back into my work week, I do my best to take her attitude with me. It’s much more challenging in the fast-paced world we live in, but if I can keep Mamie in mind as I go about my day, I will be a better friend, co-worker and disciple of Christ.