The last two of these extraordinary ladies, I met at two different concerts. Quite by surprise, out of the five or six thousand attending the Friday night concert, I ended up sitting next to someone I had met four years earlier. As we caught up on what we had been doing in the interim, I learned she, too, had undergone certain medical conditions that had rendered her somewhat less active than usual. I understood that well. Yet for the sake of not letting her physical condition define her, she had traveled nearly four hours in defiance of her condition to enjoy time with friends, determined she was not going to let what she was feeling prevent her from enjoying the glory she finds in great gospel music. Well-dressed as ever, she was radiant in her quiet strength.
The lady I sat next to at the Saturday night concert had come because her pre-teen daughter wanted to share the concert experience with her mother. The mom shared that even though she was going through situations and would have much preferred to stay at home in bed; yet for the sake of her daughter, Mom had unselfishly put aside her feelings to spend quality mother-daughter time together. When I met the beautiful and charming young daughter, I felt her mother’s effort was well worth it. What a wise and an extraordinary sacrifice…one her daughter is not likely to forget.
Each lady had pushed through their own personal pains and had determined they would savor the rich gifts derived from perseverance. I define that as victory!