Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for your hope. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
When my son, Drew, was in high school, I remember him deciding to invite Mary Ganser to be his date to a dance. At the time, I wasn’t really aware that sweet Mary was in his friend orbit, to be candid. Therefore, I quizzed him about why she was his “victim”, ha? His reply kind of warmed my heart. He said, “Well, she’s a cheerful person and Mary is too kind to turn me down.” At the end of the day, we all are just looking for the world to treat us charitably, am I right? Mary is a young woman who is both full of life and reliably considerate of others. She was an excellent choice!
Drew was right. Mary said yes. When her sunny mom, Stephanie, glanced up in my kitchen at my very tall son, looked him in the eye and gave him her pre-dance “rules and responsibilities” speech, I smiled and knew at once just how beloved this young lady is to her faith-filled family! She’s incredibly blessed.
Positive, affirming, and full up to her eyeballs with the love of the Lord….that is how I would describe Mary. Though I suspect she doesn’t see it as clearly as those around her do, hers is a life which provides a witness of hope, so present is the gift of grace within her. She’s a student at Belmont University in Nashville, and is a creatively gifted young woman. Mary is amazing with children, because her enthusiasm and playfulness matches theirs. When she was a student at Guerin Catholic, I always looked forward to her participation in any of the fine arts concerts or productions because her inclusion meant a certain joyfulness would be undeniably present.
Mary Ganser is a beautiful young lady with a soul to match, and today is her birthday! Please join me if you have a chance today and give her a birthday shout out. Glorious humans like Mary who take the time to be friendly and thoughtful make this crazy world SO MUCH BETTER! Thank you, Mary, for the lovely example you consistently provide to those around you. You are getting it right, young lady….and I hope that on your special day today you know in your heart what a beloved daughter of the most high God you truly are!! I miss your sweet smile and hope your day is terrific. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARY!!