Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. (Ps. 136:1)
WHAT A PRIVILEGE WHEN GOD puts a centenarian on your path, especially one who loves God with all of her heart. Affectionately known as “Miss Eula,” she was born on July 18, 1907. She later attended the University of Georgia and began teaching in 1926. The war changed her career, but only temporarily. At the beginning of World War II, she went to work for the Veterans Administration, staying there until her retirement in 1968.
The word retirement, however, was not a part of Miss Eula’s vocabulary. She went back to work, teaching several more years. As a faithful church member, she continuously taught Sunday school. I saw her at church week after week. She never missed! When meeting her in the halls or sanctuary, she would grab my hand, give me a big smile, and ask “How are you doing today?” After her 103rd birthday, she began to sharply decline. After experiencing repeated falls, she finally had to stop teaching Sunday school in December, and she died March 6, 2011.
Like the recording of times gone by for Israel in today’s reading, Miss Eula also lived through a long span of history. For over a century, she made investments into countless lives and cherished every minute of it. Her life and teaching has left a lasting impression. Love endures, and what it produces affects eternity.
Leave a lasting impression—serve our good God and stick with it to the end.
Susan Browning Schulz is a wife and active mom of three grown children. She lives riverside in northwest Georgia and loves leading her small group.