In August, the shock and disbelief that Bethel – a matriarch within the Trinity family – was in dire health straits, was impossible to comprehend. A few of us were fortunate to visit her on a day she was chatty, in good spirits, and eating “gourmet” pizza. We were surprised and amused when she commented that the pizza was “…actually quite good.” Who knew Suburban Hospital served anything appetizing? Sarah and I cherish this memory, along with countless other shared experiences with Bethel. And we only knew her earthly form for a short time.
Bethel was the epitome of “at all times and in all places”: officially as Trinity’s scrupulous Financial Secretary, a caring and devoted Stephen Minister, a pillar of the vocal choir, and beloved member of countless committees. Quietly, unofficially, and in equally profound ways she went about Christ’s business of loving her neighbor and welcoming the stranger. Truly, she ministered to all of us.
Lord, we miss our friend and sister Bethel. Let her earthly example of love, grace, and spiritual light perpetually shine upon us and inspire us to action in our own lives. While we are heartbroken, we are also comforted; knowing she rests in the peace of your love. Amen.
— Nathan L., Council President