You will have noticed, no doubt, how many times the folk who shared their good memories of Gloria spoke of angels. Light is another theme I've noticed as I met with Gloria's family and listened today. Which leads me to this verse from the Bible:
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12—all verses from the NLT)
Lala loved her babies. So does Jesus. Listen.
Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me." (Matthew 18:2–5)
There is darkness, suffering and sorrow in the world. Days like this bring it home. Jesus was real about it. He continues in the passage I just read:
Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father. (Matthew 18:10)
There are angels among us, as the songs says. The Bible tells us so. Gloria wasn't an angel. None of us are, or will be. Humans are humans and angels are angels, but Gloria behaved like one as she carried the light of Jesus so well into the darkness of so many people's lives.
By doing what she did the way she did it, Gloria Bish also set us a timely example. Her loving service which strengthened and lit the way for so many people has left us a message to ponder as we who are left continue our walk in this world. The verse with which I began says it well:
I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life. (John 8:12)said Jesus, and earlier in John's gospel:
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:5)That light, of course, is Jesus.