It is quite an honor to know someone who is the epitome of a giver. There’s a saying that ‘It is better to give than to receive.’ But keep in mind that it is also good to receive.
As an invited guest to a July celebration hosted by Mai Olive Lusk, Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, was asked to give a closing prayer at the luncheon held at Swetts Restaurant on July 2. Lusk has hosted many luncheons and other functions over the years with invited guests. These luncheons are always held at Swetts, and some at Kingdom Café as she intentionally lends support to these Black establishments. Many of the events were held as an introduction to Ocho Rio Bridge Club. Bridge was often played following the luncheon.
It should be mentioned that Mrs. Lusk made a statement in the form of a poem about clocks and time. First, one will need to understand that Mai Lusk was a Metro Public school first grade teacher for many years. She extended her service as a teacher to young individuals and continues to do so even at the age of 99. Thus, we are all students. She is quite authoritative, continuing to encourage people to do their best and be their best. She encourages them to operate with authority in their lives, even as adults, with the time that is given to each person. Her poem expressed that “someday the clock will stop and your time will come!” People do not know the exact hour, so it is indeed necessary to keep learning and keep giving. She gives time, money, and most of all encouragement. Every invited guest can expect a monetary gift, which is a surprise to those who’ve never attended. It’s good to receive a free lunch and money, yet it is even better to receive the lesson she is giving everyone.
Mrs. Lusk has been a giver her entire life. At 99 years old, she remains strong with her gifts, even though her body is weakening. She is in need of oxygen and doesn’t move quite as quickly as she used to. Yet she continues to exercise her gift of giving—just as Rev. Fuzz continues to live in his gift as he carries on in his journey with stage four lung cancer. He often reminds himself of his inability to get dressed as quickly as he used to, to walk as far and as fast as he wants—or even to ‘deliver the word’ with the fervor he desires. But Rev. Fuzz continues to give his gift also—to give to his church and to his community.
This should be a reminder to all that no matter what the circumstances may be, your gift is one that gives to others. Not even a decline in health can stop the gift that is in you. As a matter of fact, it can keep that part of your health intact.
We thank God that Rev. Fuzz continues to give as he shares the influence of his neighbors who live the life of giving. Kudos to Mai Olive Lusk and her desire to keep on giving.
Keep praying. Pray that your gift will continue to shine through in every deed that you do.
Check out Rev. Fuzz’s Facebook site as he gives praise through words, songs and photos. You will be blessed. Thanks for reading and sharing ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time’ each week.