Prayers For Ruby

Andy Lashley - Friday, January 04, 2013

Photo by Jeri Howell

Ruby Stahl is one of those people.  One of those people who just can’t stop giving.  One of those people who make you shake your head in wonder.  Specifically, you wonder what on earth you’re doing with your life because she is making the very most of hers.  And if you don’t wonder that at first, you will because she’ll straight up ask you what you’re doing and tell you to get in the game.  You’d better listen.  She’s one of those people who doesn’t just talk about it.  She does it.  She has made her life a reflection of Jesus’ “I didn’t come to be served but to serve” philosophy.  She is one of those people who has bettered the lives of thousands and thousands because she just won’t stop.  She is the Luther Service Center in so many ways, although she is unfailingly humble and would hate to know she had been described that way.  She is also one of those people who has been diagnosed with cancer.

When that news was announced this last Sunday at church, there was a loud, collective gasp from the crowd.  I anticipated that.  In part, that kind of reaction happens because it’s hard to imagine an indomitable person like Ruby actually being vulnerable to such a thing.  But it also happens, I think, because it’s especially frustrating when we hear about a uniquely selfless person like Ruby receiving a diagnosis like this.  Why her?  Why someone who is doing so much good?  It doesn’t seem at all fair and it makes you mad. 

Your prayers are needed for Ruby.  Prayers for healing and for her physicians.  And also prayers for the work in Luther that has her blood, sweat, and tears in its DNA.  Many people are helped through its daily distributions of food and clothing and we are so proud to be a longtime partner with Ruby in that effort.

We love you, Ruby, and we’re praying hard.