I don't know the circumstances around the decision to delete the blog and will not speculate. However, I will miss Sunshine Mary's blog and am very grateful for all the time, thought, and wisdom she put into it. I appreciate all of the real life issues she brought to light and the thought provoking commentary and discussions that followed.
Titus 2 women are hard to come by and should be treasured when we do have the opportunity to sit at their feet to learn. I know this was what SSM often referred to:
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. - Titus 2:3-5So what should we do after saying goodbye? We press on, to honor the principles she stood for. I have long understood we should not follow the man, man will fail you, we should follow the principles of the man when they are good and biblical.
We all have differing reasons we read the blogs we do. Some are eagerly seeking truth and hope for their lives, others read to confirm their convictions, and some read to challenge details. I have heard the testimonies of many who have had their lives bettered in mighty ways thanks to the writings of SSM. I recently commented on one of these testimonies and offered the encouragement for SSM to never grow weary:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
These verses from Hebrews are my prayer for you, SSM, should you read this. Thank you for all you have given.
We'll miss you.