Thursday, November 23, 2006

Aunt Ruthanna is my dad’s older sister—only by a couple of years. They were both born in Cuba where their mother was a Quaker missionary. Their dad, Joe McCracken, was a highly respected individual and when he died in 1973 I remember sitting in Harlow Ankeny’s office at Barclay Press. “Are there people today like Joe McCracken?” Harlow asked. I think it was a rhetorical question and a reflection of his admiration for my grandfather, but after a short pause I answered: “Perhaps my Aunt Ruthanna. I think she’s cut from the same cloth.”

The phone call tonight could have come any time during the past week. Her life here on this earth has ended, but her influence lives.


Blogger Nancy said...

it sounds like she had an influence on you. what is her story that lives on in you?

8:36 AM  
Blogger Dan McCracken said...

Thanks for the question. I think of the comment Jesus made about Nathanael (John 1:47)—“He is a true Israelite. There is nothing false in him."

I also think of the three characteristics I believe young adults would like to find in the church: authenticity, community, and service. Aunt Ruthanna displayed them all. Authenticity—her life lacked pretense and excelled in integrity. Community—she never lived in isolation and quietly took people in with no strings attached. Service—Aunt Ruthanna gave self the back seat and gave priority to serving others.

12:07 PM  

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