Welcome to “Athlos” a weekly blog which examines pillars of personal excellence and regularly brings together the worlds of Christian spirituality and sport.
Women are workers
“Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you”-Romans 16:6
Women are wise
Today’s blog is a bitter-sweet one. As I reflect on what I want to share with you this week, there is a mixture of gratitude, amazement, inspiration and sadness. In just over two weeks, it will be 11 years since my mother, Ruth Marcus, passed away. She will forever be in my heart.
Yet, even as I remember Mom, I also reflect on two friends, true spiritual sisters who recently transitioned from this life, somewhat unexpectedly in both cases. Indeed, both women were mentors to many in life, relationships, career and academia. Suzanne and her husband Peter were Michelle and my pre-marital counselors in the months leading up to our wedding in Jamaica. They offered wisdom and grace as they prepared us for this wonderful journey together as one.
Additionally, Suzanne (known as SFG) was a lawyer and lecturer par excellence. One of her university colleagues documented various sentiments about her in an online tribute. She was “‘not just a lecturer; she was a mentor, a source of inspiration… whose unwavering support shaped our careers and ultimately our lives in profound ways.’”
Halcyon was also an academic. She was top drawer and well respected wherever she worked. She was the epitome of class, poise and humility and an adviser to male and female alike. Her sister, Pat, recently shared about “Hal’s” intentionality both in life and in death and described her passing as a beautiful transition.
Some of you may have never met Suzanne or Halcyon but believe me when I say that we lost two gems, two wonderful daughters of God who will continue to inspire others even after their passing.
Sleep well Mom, Suzanne and Hal.
Women are winners
As image bearers of God, women are winners, a collective gift to humanity.
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