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Do it with style!

Editor’s Note: In a nod to our Presbyterian heritage, we regularly feature a column from a PMMA® chaplain in our newsletter. This month’s column comes from Dinah Dutta, chaplain at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor®

I will be completing two years doing ministry at PMMA-Lawrence. Oftentimes, many pastor colleagues ask me if I would go back to being a full-time parish clergy again. I tell them PMMA-Lawrence has not only become my family but also my parish to serve God.

When I was young, I used to write poetry. I used to read, memorize, and narrate poems. I still remember poems written by some of my favorite poets like William Wordsworth: “I wandered lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o'er vales and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

Especially now when I see the daffodils blooming around us.

Another favorite poetess is Christina Rosette and her poem, Remember me - “Remember me when I am gone away, gone far away into the silent land; when you can no more hold me by the hand.”

Recently, I found a book of poems that I used to read in our PMMA library, “So sing my heart” by Edna Abbot. Edna was a registered nurse. After she retired in 1983, she joined her husband Dearl (VA chaplain) to fulfill their dream to teach in Bible Colleges overseas in Kenya and Manila. Edna was also fond of writing poetry and self-published books since 1994. The poem “Do it with Style” spoke volumes to me.  Here is an excerpt that Edna wrote titled, “Do it with Style.”

“When you do something for the Lord, please give it all you got.

So, He will know without a doubt that you love Him a lot.

It is not too good to give Him some stuff you do not need.

God’s love is all around us, and He’d like for us to show, by words you say and things we do, that we love Him, you know.

Do something beautiful for God, and do it with a smile; it’s bound to please the Lord a lot, if you do it with style.”

I hope to continue to serve the Lord with all of you. As Edna encouraged, I want to DO IT WITH STYLE. I pray you will too.

“I will sing to the Lord all my life” (Psalm 104: 33a).

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