Read: 2 Peter 1:5-15

I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder . . . (v. 13)

There she was again, sitting in “her spot.” Everyone knew it was “her spot” and—out of respect or fear—no one else dared to sit there. Aisle seat, back row, extra cushion. Jo was a fixture at Bethel Reformed: worship services, weddings, funerals . . . If the doors were open, Jo was there. Why? Was it out of boredom because she had nothing else to do? Was it merely habit? For some it might be, but not for Jo. Her active presence was sincere. Her love for Christ and his church ran deep, permeating everything she did, everything she was.

In Peter’s second letter, he writes to exhort the church and encourage believers to lead a virtuous life. His time to die is soon and he wants to remind them of the importance of godly living; to remind them again and again long after he is gone (v. 12). Peter succeeds each time we read his letters. Jo and the thousands of elderly, living epistles like her remind us, each time we glance around the sanctuary and see “their spot,” of the need for lifelong faithfulness.

Even as Jo’s body aged and grew frail, she continued to worship with dogged perseverance. Finally, her life on this earth came to an end and she left it behind to take her ultimate spot—in glory. — Tammy De Ruyter

Prayer: Lord, may we love your church like Peter and like Jo.