A tribute

The following will appear in our bulletin this coming week.

Matthew 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

What kind of life will you be remembered for? What kind of person will people remember you as? The things that we do and say here in this life matter. Most people I know are trying to be someone who’s known for living the life that God called them to. For using their talents to teach about the Kingdom. Every now and then you run across someone who does that in a seemingly simple yet profound way.

I don’t usually pay tribute to friends in my bulletin article but I can’t help myself this week. Denys King was a person who had a profound effect on many people. Denys lived a life that exemplified Matthew 5:16.

She cooked at camp for 22 years. That’s a lot of meals! There were summers she helped cook not only for one session but also a second. Denys loved camp, she loved our camp session and she loved the kids and the adults who were there. One of the things I loved to do at camp was sit and talk with Denys. It didn’t have to be about anything it was just a joy to talk with her. Denys was someone that I sought advice from on more than one occasion. Understand that I will ask any number of people for their opinions but there aren’t many that I ask for advice. Denys was one of those. Denys loved to laugh, and thought my jokes were funny. Not everyone does but she did. Denys loved my wife and kids and was always kind and loving to them, that was important to me. Denys loved people and wanted the best for them. She wasn’t afraid to correct when it was needed but it was always done with love and ended with encouragement. Most importantly, Denys loved God. That love showed in everything she did. She was salt and she was light. Everything she did was flavored with the love of God and shined His light in this world.

I can only hope that I’m able to shine my light as half as brightly as Denys did in this world. I’ll miss her but always remember her with love and admiration.

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