It is just over a year now since Keith died, and we sent out our first tribute to him. It’s been amazing how many people have sensed his quiet cheerful presence with them at key moments since then. I read this description of the saints by a (Protestant) writer from the start of the 20th century and thought it described him well. Truly a case of a modern day “saint!” Please keep Linda in mind at this anniversary time and as she moves on into this next year of very active service with Epiphany.
When we read the lives of the saints, we are struck by a certain large leisure which went hand-in-hand with a remarkable effectiveness. They were never hurried, they did comparatively few things, and these not necessarily striking or important; and they troubled very little about the influence. Yet they always seem to hit the mark; every bit of their life told; the simplest actions had a distinction, and exquisiteness which suggested the artist.
The reason is not far to seek. Their sainthood lay in the habit of referring their smallest actions to God. They lived in God; they acted from a pure motive of love toward God. They were as free from self-regard as from slavery to the good opinion of others. God saw and God rewarded; what else needed they? They possessed God and themselves in God. Hence the inalienable dignity of these meek quiet figures that seem to produce such marvellous effects with such humble materials.
Source: Brigid Herman, in Creative Prayer, (Paraclete) the wife of a Presbyterian pastor at the start of the 20th century, also quoted in High Call High Privilege by Gail McDonald, Scripture Press.