"But God is a god of miracles. Not only did He bring my Kirkus back from the brink of death, He surrounded me with His Angel Army ~ and they brought me safely through."
In the beginning they were black coffee and hot tea. Then they were the couple who always smiled. Sometime after that they became Lorraine and her husband. And a long time after that, they finally became Clyde and Lorraine. And last Fall, Clyde became an integral part of God's Personal Angel Army for Me.
I have been waiting on Clyde and Lorraine for over 20 years. As a waitress, I will never ask a customer his name. (yes, grammatically that is correct). In the beginning waitresses recognize customers by what they order. Only after many times of waiting on someone does face recognition come into play. I can't tell you how many hundreds of times customers have said to me, "Oh, I'm so glad we're in your station ~ you're our favorite waitress!" And I would swear I have never laid eyes on these people. Then they order. Aha! NOW, I know who they are! I know, waitresses are a strange lot. "Do you know Rich and Carol?" "No." "Eggs over easy, fruit no grapes, extra cream" "Oh! Yeah, I know them."
The way I learned Lorraine's name is that Clyde asked me to pray for her. Lorraine had some physical problems and she quickly made it onto my permanent prayer list. Her knees were particularly bad ~ one leg bent out sideways at a 45 degree angle it seemed. Clyde took such good care of her, it brought tears to my eyes. As her knee got worse, she progressed from Clyde having to help her walk, to her walking with a walker, and finally to Clyde pushing her in a wheelchair. Their joy never wavered; their smiles never faltered; no matter what, they were always thankful.
While Clyde and Lorraine were dating in high school, they were invited by a friend to come to a Community Center where an itinerant preacher was preaching. This itinerant preacher came to their small town in Northern Michigan on Palm Sunday to give a salvation message. Both Clyde and Lorraine answered the call and went forward, beginning their new lives as born again Christians together, in the spring of 1948. Two years later, that same itinerant preacher performed Clyde and Lorraine's wedding ceremony.
Through Clyde's military service in the Arctic, on Baffin Island, to their travels to all 50 states, including visiting 31 different National Parks, their faith and joy defined them. They knew, no matter what, that God was in control. That underlying faith emanated from their ever-present smiles. No matter what was happening, those infectious smiles graced their faces.
Lorraine finally agreed, a number of years ago, to have her knee replaced. Of course we were praying. Unfortunately, she contracted an infection in the hospital and the surgery did not take place. It would be several more years before she once again agreed to have the surgery. The surgery went well. Clyde came in for breakfast every day on his way to visit Lorraine at the hospital. So every day I would get an update. Then several days after her surgery, Clyde came into the restaurant once again, with a smile on his face. I asked him how our favorite patient was. With a smile on his face, he gave me a hug, and told me that Lorraine had passed away. As our tears flowed, he comforted me, telling me she was no longer in pain, but that she was in heaven. HE comforted ME. That is Clyde.
Clyde and Lorraine had 63 wonderful years as husband and wife. He misses her terribly, but he knows that they will spend all of Eternity together with their Lord Jesus Christ.
Last fall, when Kirk lay fighting for his life, Clyde arrived at my house every Friday and Saturday morning at 4:45, to take me to work. At 4:45 am! Clyde is 83 years old and he lives 20 minutes away from me. It is a half hour drive to work and another 20 minutes back to his house. He did this every Friday and Saturday, even beyond Kirk's return home. There were also several times he drove me to and from the hospital (an hour each way). He prayed over Kirk, he prayed with me, he let me cry on his shoulder, he lifted me up spiritually. He is a fundamental member of God's Personal Angel Army for me.
I have no doubt Clyde has amassed great rewards in heaven. I thank God for Clyde and I thank you, Clyde, for your enormous sacrifice and labor of love.
Oh Beth ... thank you for introducing us to Clyde and sharing about what he did for you and for his wife
It somehow reminds me of Elijah, helped by the widow - not a rich man or a family member but a widow with nothing. Reminds and amazes me that God, for his Angel Army, usually does not select the most-eligible-on-paper candidate, for He has better plans than we could ever cook up ourselves. Oh Lord, you are good.
I'm thankful to God for Clyde and for all the help he brought you.
God bless and thank you again,
What a wonderful witness for the love of Christ Jesus. I am very glad you shared this with us it is a real blessing.
What a beautiful story!
You know, so often people focus on wanting to do "great things" for God and in doing so, they are not faithful in the small things. God wants servants who are simply faithful. May we all be like Clyde, ready for duty at all times, ready to do whatever, whenever God calls us.
Wonderful, wonderful - thank you Lord for your love and grace.
Words escape me - good thing the tissue box was close at hand. You have talked a lot about Clyde but this is just an awesome story of strong, true, Godly love.
Thank you for sharing the whole story of Clyde.
At times it amazes me at the way God sets Angels such as this couple in our lives. This story is beautiful.
Amen to all above - thank you Blest for sharing the amazing life you and Kirk bring - Filled with AMAZING Saints of the Cross.
What a wonderful story!
What a beautiful, beautiful [love] story of Clyde and Lorraine, and their photo exudes with the beauty of that love.
It warms my heart to know that there are people like Clyde who know how to extend the love of God to others in their time of need -- as he did to you.
I LOVED your sharing about your life as a waitress and how you know who your customers are... by how they order their food. How neat is that!
Thank you, blest.