Hers Was a Life Well Lived

Our family circle is smaller now, but heaven is brighter because of the arrival of my Aunt Norma.

NORMA GRACE McGUIRE

May 9, 1923  –  January 8, 2015

(Norma on her 91st birthday last May)

(Norma on her 91st birthday last May)

 

She was a remarkable woman. I’ve posted about her and some of her achievements before…

The month after her husband died, she established a Flickr account, and over the past ten years she has posted over 3000 images and developed precious cyber friendships in many countries around the world. When the publication of her book became a possibility three years ago, she undertook blogging. Today I posted a last message for her at ‘Noni Grace: Random Thoughts and Reminiscing‘, and her son also posted an announcement on her Flickr page, Norma/Nonie Vogue.

We’re richer for her presence in our lives; we’re saddened by the loss; we’re comforted by wonderful memories of her strength, her life and her faith.

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“Then the way you live
will always honour and please the Lord,
and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit.
All the while, you will grow
as you learn to know God better and better.”

[Colossians 1:10, NLT]

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“For he loves us with unfailing love;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Praise the Lord!”

[Psalm 117:2, NLT]

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“I sing in the shadow of your wings.”

My eye caught the movement as she flew close to the windows in a wild arc around our L-shaped upper deck. The first few times I was sure she would collide with the glass, but so far she hasn’t.

I believe it’s a female House Finch and she may be searching for the birdfeeder that came down a few weeks ago, when it suddenly became a bearfeeder. Or she may be curious about the birdy reflection that always greets her. Although finches tend to be quite gregarious, she always comes alone.

Sometimes she lands on the roof first and later hops down, but often as not her perilous swoops take her directly to one of two hanging flower baskets just outside our family room windows.

Today she stayed for several minutes, and when I went for my camera, she watched intently. I felt guilty because I suspect she was hoping for a handout.

Sorry, little gal, there’s nothing here. But God has provided lots of goodies for you out there in the garden and woods.

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Ms. Finch made me think of the bird songs and nature sounds that accompany the music on CD my Aunt Norma has been listening to in her hospital bed for the past five days. And that reminded me of how God provides for us. What he gives is not always what we might prefer, but it meets our needs.

This evening my aunt finally underwent surgery. She was prepared to accept whatever God had in mind for her, although she’s always anticipated living to be one hundred. Apparently God felt she should have that chance, and he brought her safely through the surgery. I am so thankful for his grace and mercy.

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“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”

Psalm 63:7

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“Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.”

Psalm 104:12

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