Ten Thousand Ways

January 27, 2019


Orpha was an older woman in our congregation.
Her occupation in life had been “cleaning lady,” and Orpha’s life vocation was “servant of God.”
She would collect the towels in the church kitchen and the blankets in the nursery and bring them back each week all refreshed.
She quilted for the MCC sale and let little boxes of pepper- nuts on our desk marked, “Merry Christmas!~from an elf.”

When Orpha was dying, Bob and I were privileged to be there for her last breath. I held her hand and leaned down because she was trying to speak and these were Orpha’s last words:
Ever since that day, I’ve thought:
I want to go out like Orpha.
And so today on the occasion of this final sermon,
“I am just so grateful!”

Bible References

  • Philippians 1:3 - 6
  • Philippians 4:4 - 8