My neighbor, Maria McBride, 77, died on Thursday afternoon at the hospital. She and her husband have been lovely neighbors since our arrival here in Orlando. We have had many meals together, and have shared many long conversations. Both Marie and her husband have been a source of great joy. Marie was always deeply concerned about our well-being and was always making sure I picked up the trash can and bring it back into the garage after the trash was taken. Every time I pick up the trash can I will remember her smile.
Maria was a deeply catholic woman. I remember several times conversing with her about her faith. One time I took the advantage to question Maria and her husband about what role works play in their salvation. Both seemed confused and were unsure how to respond. At that time, I quickly pointed them to Ephesians 2:8-9 and told them that though works were necessary, only grace can save. I pray Marie truly trusted Christ.
Marie was a charming lady. She enjoyed a Scotch every afternoon and was a fanatic Braves fan. She loved life even amidst so many health problems. I will truly miss her.
Yesterday, I spent some time with her husband, who is deeply grieving. Please pray that I would minister to him during these difficult times.