Monday, April 1, 2013

Remembering Edith Schaeffer ... one of my spiritual mentors

During my college years, I had a part time job working for the art department. All that money went straight to my school bill. 

But, on Saturday mornings, I got up super early, (while my friends all slept) and went and cleaned a house. Every Saturday ...  for four years.  Why? So I could have money to buy fun books and an occasional piece of pie

My wage for that early Saturday morning hard work was $1.50 an hour. But paperbacks were 95 cents and about 3 bucks for a hard bound.

Edith


Hidden Art by Edith Schaeffer was one of my early buys and I have read it and several of Edith's books many times over the years. She became a mentor, really a friend to me.

So Saturday morning, when I heard that Edith Schaeffer had died, I shed a few tears.  And, I thought back on just some of the lessons she taught me:

*God is creative, so I should celebrate creativity.

*Hospitality matters ... even when making a food tray to share with a hobo.

*When you bring a few special things from home with you when you travel, you can feel at home anywhere.

*You can support your husband in ministry, by using your unique gifts.

*Books and music make life more fun.

*It is never a waste of time or energy to serve people.

In Edith's own words:

"A Christian, above all people, should live artistically, aesthetically, and creatively. We are supposed to be representing the Creator who is there, and whom we acknowledge to be there. It is true that all people are created in the image of God, but Christians are supposed to be conscious of that fact, and being conscious of it should recognize the importance of living artistically, aesthetically, and creatively, as creative creatures of the Creator. If we have been created in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expressions of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for our appreciation."

A few years ago, our daughter, Christy wrote a letter to Edith, thanking her for her influence. She received a beautiful handwritten letter in return. What a lovely lady.

Thanks, Edith Schaeffer, for a life well lived.

*Linking with Jen and the lovely Soli Sisters.
   

     

19 comments:

  1. Oh my, how sad. I didn't hear she passed. :(

    Thank you for sharing your sweet story of working on Saturdays to buy fun books! I've heard of her books, and have had her Art of Homemaking book on my list for some time. I cannot wait to buy it and get to know this woman of God!

    Bless you today and always, Glenda!

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  2. I hadn't heard she died. I've heard so much about her but I don't know if I've ever read her books. I Need to do something about that!

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  3. I think that I would have liked Edith's "company"!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. A lovely tribute to a remarkable woman. Her 'rebel' son wrote an astonishingly beautiful tribute himself over the weekend.

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  5. A fitting tribute ...and her early influence on you does shine through. May she rest in peace.

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  6. How lovely to have someone like that grace your life, Glenda!

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  7. I agree with Jeannette. Beautiful tribute and clearly shows the impact she had on your life. Blessings.

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  8. Glenda, I read about her death on Gretchen's blog but don't think I'm familiar with Mrs. Schaeffer. Her name sounds familiar but none of her books sound familiar. However, the same quote you chose is one I found and loved it; it really spoke to my heart. Thank you for a lovely tribute.

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  9. She was truly a Godly lady! Thank you for sharing about your job and your love for her writings. I, too, have been touched by her life.
    ~Adrienne~

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  10. I loved all of Edith Schafer's writings. I didn't know she had died, thanks for sharing!

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  11. Ohhhh, she was a sweet mentor for me through her books as well! Thank you for letting me know. It's a sad day for our world but a joyfull day for her as she joins our Savior in heaven! Blessings!

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  12. Oh, how sad! I had not heard she died. I was laid up with a tummy bug that day. I read Hidden Art when I was just a newlywed. I love her works.

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  13. Thanks for reminding me about Hidden Art. I like that book & need to read it again. I should also recommend it to my daughter as she moves with hubby to Austin and stars her home.

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  14. When I was first married I didn't have much money for new books. I can remember my delight when my mother purchased one of her books as a Christmas present for me. I recently bequeathed it to my daughter. I read her son, Fred's, tribute to her. It seemed so right for her to "rise from the dead" on Easter.

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  15. There must be an interesting story in the food tray comment. I'm now interested in this author.

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  16. Oh, I loved reading Edith Schaeffer's books, too - and recently reread Hidden Art. I recognize some of the quotes you included from that book. She was my mentor, too - so thankful for her. And thanks for the memories that your post brought to my mind and heart ...

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  17. i'm impressed that your daughter wrote to her and i'm even more impressed that she wrote back...a hand-written letter.

    thankful for mentors tonight.

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