Tuesday, July 20, 2010

marie greive

Bad news is never welcome.  But it arrives, welcome or not.

On Monday I received an email from my pastor in Melaque that one of my expatriate friends had died.

Marie Greive was one of the first people I met when I started attending church at San Patricio by the Sea (photograph above).  Her husband, Cor, served on the church board and was responsible for arranging Sunday services when our pastor was away for the summer season.

Well, not just the pastor -- most of the congregants.  During the summer months our congregation would drop from about 140 to as few as 6. 

But Cor and Marie were there every Sunday. 

I would often see the two of them out for an evening stroll.  They would always stop to chat.  Marie would never fail to ask about Jiggs, and would then make suggestions on how I could make his life easier.  I didn't see it at the time, but her ministry was to me.  Trying to put my mind at ease for his inevitable death.

Marie was one of those women who forms the backbone of any organization.  Quiet, almost shy, in conversation.  But always very thoughtful and practical whenever she spoke.  In that sense, her Dutch heritage was evident.

She may have been thrifty with words, but she lived her faith.  When people needed assistance she was there.  But she was always conscientious to act within the cultural context of Melaque -- where she and Cor chose to live.

I am going to miss talking with her every Sunday morning about my posts for the week.  She was a faithful reader, always ready with praise -- and willing to correct me when I made a factual error.

But, more than that, I will miss her lessons on what it means to be a person of faith, living the gospels humbly and with open hand, minds, and heart.

We will miss you, Marie.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of the passing away of your friend Marie. I know you will miss her. Just think as she steps on those golden streets. She will hear Welcome Marie, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.


- Mexican Trailrunner said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Steve.

Brenda said...

I am sure that both Melaque and you will miss her.
Take care.

Steve Cotton said...

Mom, Mexican Trailrunner, and Brenda -- Thanks for your comments. I am only sorry that I cannot be there to do things with her husband. He will need the support of friends.

Leslie Limon said...

Steve, I am very sorry for the loss of your friend. You and Marie's family are in my prayers. Hugs!

Steve Cotton said...

Thanks, Leslie.