Readers Digest has a section called “The most unforgettable character I ever met.” Growing up in Encinitas, I had numerous encounters with Ida Truax, who was one of those amazing unforgettable people. She was born in 1885 and died in 1987 at the age of 102. It’s hard to believe that she was 54 years old when I was born. She had a ton of stories to tell and lots of people who wanted to hear them. When she was a teenager, there were no cars on the road. She was 18 when the Wright brothers flew their first airplane at Kitty Hawk and she watched Apollo 11 land on the moon. Grover Cleveland was president when she was born and she would see 17 presidents take office in her lifetime. My final contact with Ida was in August of 1987 when I was asked by her family to conduct her funeral service.
Psalm 39 reminds us that we need to consider how brief our time on earth will be. I need to know I’m here for just a brief time and my whole lifetime is just a moment to God. Often, because of our pride, all our rushing around ends up doing is building up riches for someone else to spend. So, Lord, our only hope is in you.
When I think of amazing people, I think of the many servants, volunteers, and staff that give of their time and resources to help our guests here at Bread of Life. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.