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Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Mrs. Bigham's Wisdom

Our next store neighbor while I was growing up was an elderly woman by the name of Mrs. Bigham. 6 or 7 acres of grass field - separated our houses, but that didn't stop my 10 year old determination to reach her as quickly as possible... meaning through the tall grass. Many afternoons were spent with her - the 96 year old - watching baseball, talking of God & man, & teaching me instructions that just now start to take hold. She passed away at the age of 105; of which, was a very hard loss for me. I was so blessed by the time spent with Marie Bigham. Before she passed she gave me two things I hold close & dear like treasure. First item was a gold cross her father had bought her for her 16th birthday. She instructed me; the 12 year old girl, to never tell her two daughters she had given me the cross & if I took the cross - i was promising her to let God use me. I wasn't really sure what that meant at the time... but what child is going to turn down such a precious treasure?? Secondly, she gave me a pack of writings she had saved through out the years. Mrs. Bigham studied the Word of God all of her life & saw things in it that others can't & spoke words so gently & honestly... Her hair was whiter than snow, her eyes bluer than the Caribbean sea, & her words soothing as warm tea to the coldest of souls... These are her words...

"Greetings to my many Friends,
It was Shakespeare who said, "Tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stone & good in everything." Last year I found a sermon on a greeting card. It expressed so well my wishes for you that I wish to share it.
"Take time to think; it is the source of power. Take time to play; it is the secret of perpetual youth. Take time to read; it is the foundation of wisdom. Take time to pray; it is the greatest power on earth. Take time to love & be loved; it is a God-given privilege. Take time to be friendly; it is the road to happiness. Take time to laugh; it is the music of the soul. Take time to give; it is to short a day to be selfish. Take time to work; it is the price of success."
If you do all this I'm sure yours will be a happy & good year.
There is an odd Gaelic Blessing I wish to use in closing. "May the roads rise with you, the winds be always at your back & may the Lord hold you in the hollow of His hand."
With Abiding Affection,
Mrs. Marie Bigham"

What a special friend. Every child (and person!) should be so lucky to have a Mrs. Bigham in her life. I know the gold cross is special but even more precious the time spent with her. What a great lady. Thanks for sharing her (and your) story.
LGrant   Saturday, March 27, 2010
A very touching story of a great friend who taught you a lot. Thanks for sharing!
stheinz   Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thanks LGrant....I have been blessed with many godly people in my life... Truly a blessing. Hope you have a great weekend!!!
E.L.T.   Saturday, March 27, 2010
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