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The Windows of Gold

by Janet Schultz

A few weeks ago, the following was in our Group Discussion notes and it really hit home for me:

“That view, that long view- that’s as close as we get to God’s view. Our creator is in your life not just for a minute or a day or a decade- He’s is in it for the long haul. He is here for you when you are on the mountain top and when you are in the valley.”

It reminded of two things I found in my mom’s personal things after she passed:  

 One is a tiny book with a poem in it called “Windows of Gold”:

The Windows of Gold

By Helen Steiner Rice

There is a legend that has often been told of a boy who searched for the windows of gold…

The beautiful windows he saw far away when he looked in the valley at sunrise each day…

And he yearned to go down to the valley below but he lived on a mountain that was covered with snow…

And he knew it would be a difficult trek, but that was a journey he wanted to make…

So he planned by day and he dreamed by night of how he could reach the great shining light…

And one golden morning when dawn broke through and the valley sparkled with diamonds of dew…

He started to climb down the mountainside with the windows as his goal and his guide…

He traveled all day and, weary and worn with bleeding feet and cloths that were torn…

He entered the peaceful valley town just as the golden sun went down…

But he seemed to have lost his “guiding light” the windows were dark that had once been bright…

And hungry and tired and lonely and cold he cried, “Won’t you show me the windows of gold?”…

And a kind hand touched him and said, “Behold! High on the mountain are the windows of gold”

For the sun going down in a great golden ball had burnished the windows of his cabin so small…

And the Kingdom of God with its great shining light, like the golden windows that shone so bright…

Is not a far distant place, somewhere, it’s as close to you as a silent prayer…

And your search for God will end and begin when you look for him and find him WITHIN.

The other thing I found was a bookmarker with the 23rd Psalm. One with the beautiful promise that “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

My mom really didn’t talk much about God or how she felt about things. She talked about being in the church choir when young and was always very kind to others.  She set a good example and provided a moral upbringing for us, five kids.  I always loved how happy my mom was in her home.

She had never been baptized and didn’t know why, so she agreed to be baptized at age 94. She was baptized in her favorite spot; the porch of her home where she could view everything around her.  My mom loved her home and never wanted to move or change her location. She was able to stay in her home until she passed.

It’s funny the things you find when your loved ones pass that make you realize new things about them.  My mom’s things showed something that deep down, I had always known about her: that she had always had Christ in her heart and knew the peace and love of Christ were within her. She never had to look elsewhere to find it.

Having to be quarantined hasn’t been all fun but it has brought back many good memories.

Janet Schultz is an amazing woman with a gift and passion for hospitality. She loves, gives, and makes making breakfast for 200 people look effortless. She always has a smile on her face and brings joy with her everywhere she goes.  You will love her straightforward, matter-of-fact faith today. – Cindy Grasso

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