Regular readers of these posts know of my affection for the people of Clinton, Georgia, my home town. On Saturday, June 8, 2014, one of the mothers of our community, Maggie Black died two months shy of her 102nd birthday.
While many individuals who knew Maggie Black may focus on the length of her life and, yes, she was blessed, but I would rather focus on the basics of her longevity which is her faith. Like Abraham and Sarah, Maggie Black’s life modeled the goodness of God through the power of her faith. God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have descendants of influence produced from their seed. As Maggie Black is laid to rest, she leaves behind a large multi-generational family, with diverse influence and a powerful faith, all produced from William and Maggie Black’s seed of faith.
Worship and obedience were such a part of Maggie Black’s life that it produced a faith that allowed her to navigate the difficulties of Jim Crow that gave her ability to birth, raise, and love a large, smart, and accomplished family; and then gave her the strength in later years to survive the deaths of her husband and two of her beloved children.
Hebrews 11:1-3, tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It has been an honor and pleasure to see and learn about faith firsthand from a faithful woman, Maggie Black.