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Tell the older women . . . they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women.
— Titus 2:3-4 (NRSV)
When my husband and I were in our twenties, we had each started a small business in a new town. Also, we had started going to a new church with our two young children. Members of this church family surrounded us with love, gave us responsibilities in the church, and offered us many meals in their homes. I became comfortable with the older women — one in particular — who helped me in my bookstore.
At the age of 62, this woman was preparing to go to the mission field. Before she left, I gave her a recording of hymns from our store. One hymn was “I Come to the Garden Alone.” At the time, I did not know that this was her favorite hymn. She hugged me and blessed me for ministering to her. I never forgot that moment because all along I thought she was ministering to me.
When I became pregnant again and decided to sell the bookstore, she found a buyer for my bookstore because she, a businesswoman herself, knew more people in town than I did. Her encouragement during that season of my life was a beautiful example of the women described in Titus 2:3. Leading by example, teaching by kindness and help, she has been an example for my own life.
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