A Pro Christ Life
September 7, 2023
(Dedicated to our mom, Edie Richard who turns 80 today)
In the early 1960s America was in the midst of an identity crisis (not unlike today). The children of the baby boomers were starting to grow up and looking for meaning in a land of “milk and honey”. One such girl from a small town in Indiana traveled to a college in New York to pursue her dreams. She became an RN and went to work at NY Presbyterian hospital as an ER nurse in the cardiac unit (one of the first of its kind). As sometimes happens to young aspiring professionals, she fell in love and got married. She had a choice to make – continue her successful professional career or go another route.
In today’s America, the common choice is to continue a career and try “to have it all”. It’s not an easy choice and there are many factors that go into each person’s career path. For Edna Louise (Hall) Richard the choice she made was grounded in her love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a teenager she had accepted Christ’s gift of eternal life and wanted to make choices that would have an eternal impact. She “gave” up her career as a nurse and chose to engage in the battle of raising a family and using her gifts in the local church. She decided it was more important to invest in the lives of others as a mom, friend, and disciple maker than as a nurse.
She gave birth to 4 stubborn, sinful children but by God’s grace and years of consistent parenting alongside her faithful husband, Dale, all 4 kids gave their life to Christ. Our home was not perfect or even happy all the time, but we knew a few things – mom & dad loved each other, us, and Jesus. We learned that God’s grace covers everything. Mom is a true prayer warrior. She has spent thousands and thousands of hours literally on her knees by her bed in earnest supplication to her Lord. We get tired of hearing it sometimes, but she always asks – “how can I pray for you”. We are so grateful for her ministry of prayer. Dad and Mom currently have 15 grandchildren (ages 29 to 1) and 3 great granddaughters (ages 5,22 months & 1 due in January). Their rich Christian heritage has been passed down to 4 generations and by God’s grace it will continue.
Over the years she has used her gifts to teach, write and disciple to further the kingdom of God. She has been a humble servant as she taught Sunday school, Bible studies, worked in libraries, opened her home to hundreds of missionaries / friends and supported her family every step of the way. Throughout the years she has seldom, if ever, received any notoriety or applause for her “accomplishments”. Her rewards will be in heaven as she sees her Savior’s face and He says, “well done, well done”.
We believe mom chose wisely all those years ago and invested a lifetime in service to her Lord, without fanfare and glory. She would have had a great career as a nurse and impacted many, but we are extremely glad she decided to be a full-time mom. She has truly lived a Pro Christ Life; I just hope that others can say that about me.
Love from her children – products of the 60s & 70s
Phil 1: 21- 26
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sakes. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that your pride in Christ Jesus may be abundant because of me by my coming to you again.
’69 / ’83 Quarryville PA