My favorite Bible verse these days is 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”
I was born in Atlanta, GA, and raised, after the age of 8, in Greenville, SC. I have one sibling, a sister who still lives in Greenville with her family. From my earliest memories, I felt that I was God’s child and God loved me. I don’t know how I got that notion. My grandmother, Ethel, could have somehow instilled in me that idea. Both sets of grandparents were strong Baptists. My parents were not religious and rarely went to church. Maybe naively, I believed the song, “Jesus Loves Me.” I guess I didn’t hear the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” My mother was mentally ill and in and out of mental hospitals during my early years. I barely knew her. My father could not care for two daughters and work, so my sister and I were placed in a children’s home for all of our teenage years. But you know… God was there teaching me life lessons I would not have had otherwise. “My grace is sufficient for you…” After graduating from Winthrop College, I married a Southern Seminarian, who pastored churches in NC for 8 years. During that time, we had 2 daughters, Jenny and Cortney, who fortunately live and work here in Louisville. The best thing we ever did as a family was join Highland Baptist Church. After many family problems, I experienced divorce. It was a very difficult time for my family, but my Highland Church family was a wonderful support. Paul Duke, who was our pastor at the time, gave sermons that were spiritual surgery with healing every Sunday. Raising two daughters as a divorced mother was difficult, but God was there in the faces of wonderful neighbors and my friends at Highland Baptist Church. “My grace is sufficient for you…” I worked as Director of HomeCare at ElderServe for 18 years and retired in 2012. God was there in the faces and life stories of the senior adults, colleagues, and HomeCare workers I worked with all those years. “My grace is sufficient for you…”
After twenty years of singlehood and raising my daughters, I married, in this sacred space, a long-time member of Highland, Procter Eubank. I was two weeks shy of my 60th birthday. (See…there is hope for some of you out there!) Our courtship is a whole other story, but in the deal, I got two more daughters, and best of all, three grandchildren! Procter has been my rock and a great blessing in my life. We both are now enjoying retirement: volunteering, exercising at the YMCA, traveling some, gardening, cooking, enjoying time with family and friends, and babysitting our grandchildren. God is there! “My grace is sufficient for you…” Thank you for electing me to serve.