Notes from Jan


May 23, 2019

The statue rests at the confluence of three rivers in Pittsburgh. The sculpture’s of a kind and gentle man, neither a saint, as usually defined, nor a war hero, just a good man. We know him as Mr. Rogers, who for decades through PBS, invited us to be his neighbor.

The sculptor didn’t shape a towering replica of the man so all who passed by would need to look up to him. Mr. Roger’s is seated, one leg resting across the other as he simply ties his shoe, while smiling and looking into the eyes of any who come to visit.

Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf, “encouraged all Pennsylvanians to show acts of kindness today in honor of Fred Rogers” Sometimes, I wonder, if the kindest act isn’t simply to come when called.

Yesterday we wrapped up our year of studying Matthew in Community Bible Study. Jesus often sat to teach and tend folks. Seemed like one of his favorite words was,”Come.”

Come follow me.

Come and learn.

Come, lets eat.

Let the children come.

“Are you tired?… Come to me…learn the unforced rhythm of Grace.” (from the last two verses of Matthew 11 in The Message).

During much of 2014, Jud was home. Life returned to some kind of normal. One evening while I prepared dinner, Jud called to me from the living room where he’d been reading and resting.

I said, “In a minute, Hon, I’m fixing dinner.”

After a while, Jud called again, “Come sit by me.”

“Soon. I’m almost finished.”

Then I heard, “Jan, all I want is you.”

My heart broke.

Still does.

Every now and then, I sense Jesus calling while I work at life.


“Sit by me.”

“All I want is you.”

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  • Reply Becky Manseau Barnett May 23, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Heart heavy today from big things pretty much outside my control and this post is exactly what I needed to hear. You made me (good) cry! Thank you, Jan! xox

  • Reply Anna Iltis May 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    This put tears in my eyes too!! Loved this post! Bless you Jan!!

  • Reply Sue Andringa May 23, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Oh my, how I needed to hear this and be reminded of what is really important. Thank you, dear Jan ….

  • Reply Vera Lenes. May 23, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Come, putting someone else’s need before ours. You were his nail in a sure place. Hugs.

  • Reply Shannon May 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you, Jan! This has been a particularly frantic week- I often think of this aspect with my children especially… something along the lines of not allowing the “urgent” to crowd out the “important” as I process each 24 hour gift God chooses to give me. I’m looking forward to a weekend of “come” with my family camping in Maine as we pause the “crazy” for some us time . Each day needs to have “come” – for God as well as our loved ones.
    Blessed by you!

  • Reply Mary Henton May 24, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Thank you for this tender reminder.

  • Reply Sharon Wolgemuth May 24, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Thanks Jan for this thoughtful note. You have captured the word “Come” so eloquently as you shared Judd’s desire to just be with you.

  • Reply Liz Arthurs May 24, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful. Thank you for that reminder to COME.❤️

  • Reply Dale May 24, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks Jan. Tears to Marty’s eyes and a smile to my face. I smiled, since I went when Jud said “come.” A little “bossy,” but it worked out great! 🙂

    Blessings, Dale

  • Reply wendy lane May 25, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Whew… thank you for this powerful reminder. <3

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