My mother said, “He was a pew marker.”
Colorful, broad-jacketed shoulders marked the spot,
twelve rows back, a Sunday regular, always early,
always eager, waiting for the word of God.
“In the beginning was the word.”
God’s word, his marker.
Informing life, expanding vision,
building dreams, enabling mighty laughter.
A laugh ringing out,
From Tubac, on horseback
From Michigan, above the garden spade,
From golf courses and Sanibel beaches,
veterans’ homes, fundraisers and family dinner tables.
The silencing of his laugh, we hear the most.
Saying good-bye to this kingdom builder is not easy.
Be it in concrete or adobe,
he formed so much good in us,
he built our vision,
he helped us see the land,
here and beyond.
Even when one more mile in the car,
seeing one more property, seemed unthinkable.
But kingdom dreams remain,
Ideas unfinished,
live,
in all of us.
By the grace of God,
He gives us “pew markers,”
and so like the Lord,
they indelibly etch our hearts.

Margaret Philbrick
Margaret Philbrick is an author, gardener and teacher who desires to plant seeds in hearts. Margaret has a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity University in San Antonio Tx.and a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University. She teaches writing and literature to children and teens at The Greenhouse School and H.S.U., both of which provide supplemental classical education to the home-school community. She is actively involved in the fulfillment of God’s vision at Church of the Resurrection and the Redbud Writers Guild where she serves on the board of both organizations. Her first book, Back to the Manger, is a holiday gift book she created with her mother, an oil painter. Her debut novel, A Minor, released to critical acclaim in 2014. You can find Margaret in her garden digging in the dirt or writing poetry and you can connect with her on-line via her website at: www.margaretphilbrick.com.
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