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Life of Impact: Mrs. Alverson

Woman is showing her open hands. On clean balck bagground.Normally on Fridays I share a personal testimony of some kind, but today I want to offer something a little different that I’m thankful for.

This week an amazing woman of God passed away who imparted so much to my life. She’s suffered some debilitating health issues for the last several years, but that’s not the legacy that will define her. Being an elder’s wife in the church in which I grew up (and I am now serving again), I had seen her the majority of my life and she always carried herself with dignity, authority, and strength.

In the Christian school I attended from 1st grade through graduation, I remember her calming presence way before I had her for my high school English classes. Not to say she was stoic by any means. She had an infectious laughter and joy that filled the room. I can actually hear it now.

When I finally did get to be in her class, I loved the way every student seemed to rise to her standard of behavior. The atmosphere was different. Things my classmates would try to pull or say with other teachers wouldn’t dare to do such things in Mrs. Alverson’s class.

She wasn’t scary, but we all respected her completely because we knew she cared so deeply, not only about our academic development but spiritual development.

Ever the encourager, she’s one of the reasons I continue to write. Every essay, every short story, every paper–I wanted to do my best for her and it would be rewarded with the understanding that there was always room to go higher.

And that’s what she did, made everyone want to go higher.

After my dad died when I was 17, our families became very close. My freshman year of college, our house was hit by a tornado, and Gary and Sandie didn’t hesitate to let our family live with them until we could find another place while the house was rebuilt. That was just one example of hundreds of the kindness I saw.

The legacy of Mrs. Sandie Alverson is one of compassion, respect, joy, peace, and kingdom-minded passion. That’s what she instilled in any student who would pay attention, and my life will forever be impacted by her example and love.

She’s been welcomed into her eternal reward, not least of which, the arms of the Jesus she loved so much and pointed us toward. Her legacy as wife, mother, teacher, and woman of God is deep and abiding.

She’s the kind of person who dared me to dream of endless impact, on those near and around the world.

Mrs. Alverson, thank you for the testimony your life has made on the world and all you’ve meant to my world. 

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  1. What a beautiful tribute to this special lady, Jason. I had tears in my eyes reading it as I thought about similar teachers and mentors in my own life. They truly are God’s gifts of encouragement and hope. Thanks for this blessing this morning.

    • Just came home from the service and it was a beautiful celebration. I think about how each of us has the capacity every single day--every single breath--to encourage and love someone. That’s just who she was. Thank you, Deb. 🙂

  2. She was, indeed, a special person and an enormous influence on your life, Jason. What special memories you will always have of her. May she rest in the arms of the Lord.

    • Amen. I’m so blessed to have had the impartation from this awesome lady. 🙂 Thanks so much, Martha.

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