The Pink Dress
Vera Wetteroff of Barnhart, MO, USA
These are portentous times. The lives of many are being sacrificed unnecessarily to the egos of war, greed and avarice. The land is being desecrated by the thoughtless waste of vital resources. You must obey my commandments and be in the forefront of those who would mediate this needless destruction while there is yet day. -Doctrine and Covenants 150:7
Sometimes it’s difficult to see that God is watching and taking care of us. During this pandemic, many have suffered loss and sorrow. Sometimes we feel we have failed those we love. However, God is still there.
Dave and I have been on a journey with our Aunt Ruth, who was born in 1927. She had broken her hip and needed extra care to continue to live on her own. I took her shopping, helped her get to appointments, visited, sorted mail, and pampered her with lotion. She shared family stories and we became good friends. She told me that when she could no longer live alone, she wanted me to choose a place for her to stay.
Her dementia worsened; it became too dangerous to leave her alone. We chose an assisted living home for patients with memory problems. She was happy there for about eighteen months.
In February, she fell and broke her other hip. We found a place with skilled nursing and rehab, just prior to the pandemic which caused all nursing homes to close to visitors.
It broke my heart that I could no longer be there to share her smiles, rub lotion into her dry, swollen legs and arms, and make the staff aware of her needs. The feared day came when we received the call that she had tested positive for COVID-19. Two weeks later, she died.
Aunt Ruth made advance funeral arrangements and asked to be buried in a pink or blue dress. I had looked for a suitable pink dress for the past year but came up emptyhanded. I had failed her in this one thing.
We arrived at the funeral home to finalize arrangements. In the corner on a rack hung a pink dress. I mentioned that she wanted to be buried in a pink dress like the one in the corner. I supposed it was there for someone else. I was told, “That’s a dress we provide for a fee which includes undergarments.” To me, this was a sign from God that Aunt Ruth was still in God’s care…even in the small details…like a pink dress.
God, help me seek peace for me, peace for us, peace for everyone, and peace for our planet. Amen.
The International Community
Find (or imagine) a globe or map of the world. Look at all the nations and find a country other than your own. Notice the geographic distance between your homeland and this one. Picture a person living there. Pray for this person. Sense God’s love connecting you just as the oceans connect the continents. Thank God for the spiritual connection you have with all of God’s people around the globe. Ask a blessing on the church as a community sharing Christ’s peace, drawing all into the family of God.
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