“What do you mean, a righteous nest? Where did you hear it?”
Bailey, as she was known to do, sighed with exasperation.
“It’s in that song. The one where God has a righteous nest.”
It was then that Jeanne (with some help from grandpa) realized that she was asking about the concept of righteousness. A few good laughs and several side consultations later, Bailey had her answer.
But the answer itself is not the point of the story.
Many of our family members and friends were aware of Bailey’s history with thought-provoking questions, and Jeanne added this latest anecdote to the stories she recounted to others. Jeanne’s sister from Washington D.C., Susan, often turned around and shared the stories with her church friends, commenting that Bailey’s ministry spanned many states and communities. This time was no different and laughs were exchanged over such a funny comment.
Months later, however, one of Susan’s long-time friends passed away. As she prepared for her travels and sat down to write the comments she was asked to make at the service, she received a note from another friend. This note, surprisingly, referenced Bailey’s long-ago words as inspiration for Susan’s funeral task. In neat script, the note read:
How often do we find that children teach us as much as we teach them about life, faith and love. I hope my little girl continues to remind me that even a little mistake can lead to a greater understanding of God’s desire for my life.
May your day, your week, your year, and your life be lived in God’s righteousness….aka his righteous nest.