My Friend Mary

Unattractive,
    Uneducated,
          Uninformed.
Not practiced at correctness,
  Mary lived her life     
One
Simple
Uncomplicated day
At a time.
Never indulging in self-satisfaction,
Nor pursued by dreams of personal success,
Her simple life was unadorned with expectations.
Knowing no pretense
Mary cast her lot
With God.
God first
Love
Worship
Prayer
Service
Family second
Love 
Prayer
Care 
Service
Country third
Love
Service
Prayer
Respect
No unexpected event
No shortfall
No misfortune
Could cause her simple faith
To waver.
“God knows all about it,” Mary would say,
With a countenance that displayed
Unflappable peace.
Her life was uneventful
Her faith unshakable.
Her example unforgettable.
Never doubting the unquenchable supply
Of God’s love and care,
Mary lived to the fullest
The abundant life
Of a saint.
Her legacy to those who knew her
Was a trail of unerring discipleship
On her way to eternal life with God.
March 31, 1996
copyright@2018
Photographs By Mary Anne Tuck
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