I am still so very tender. Her life spoke; her life preached.
I pull back from the world to listen to her fill my heart once more. Here are some memories, some lessons, some great one-liners I have heard about this remarkable meek woman.
There were about 300 people at her memorial. The memorial lasted about two hours and included a number of songs. These are the ones that Barbara had requested:
O God of All Creation, #18 in the Friends Hymnal.
I Celebrate the Inward Light, #149 in the Friends Hymnal.
Song of Peace
Old Man River, with words slightly modified. Barbara had asked Dave French to sing this as a solo.
At the potluck following the meeting for worship for memorial, about 150 people showed up. Towards the end, we began to sing in the manner of Nightingales, the Quaker group for fellowship-and-singing that Barbara helped found a few decades ago. All of us sitting in a circle. No books to sing from. Singing to each other, love and tears in our eyes. Children on laps. Arms around shoulders.
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Mary Ellen Carter
All God's Critters
Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain
Music in My Mother's House
I miss her. Her love made the rough edges smooth for so many of us. Barbara lived by the Law of Love.
At Meeting for Worship the next day, which was First Day, an old and dear friend of Barbara's rose:
I was thinking: When I die, I want a memorial like Barbara's. But if I want a memorial like that, then I have to live like that.Blessings,