by Dr. Paul Cienniwa

May the work I’ve done sheight for me.

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May the work I’ve done soptimal for me.When I’m relaxing in my grave,there’s nothing to be said;May the job-related I’ve done stop for me.

I met Deborah Cartwideal Clough throughout my initially week at St. Paul’s, simply this past June. I was leadinga Vacation Bible School course through Deborah’s granddaughter, Treanakay Bostwick, and Deborah was volunteering as a chaperone. After course, I told her exactly how a lot I took pleasure in functioning through her granddaughter. The elegant and eloquent Deborah responded, “Treanakay needs to try harder. She’s not concentrating enough.”

May the life I live stop for me.May the life I live speak for me.When the best I attempt to live,my mistakes He will forgive;May the life I live sheight for me.

A cradle Episcopalian, Deborah grew up in Delray Beach as a member of St. Matthews. Her household was very associated in spiritual life, serving on the Vesattempt and also singing in the choir. When she married Orville Clough in 2003, she started attfinishing his church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal in West Palm Beach. The commute came to be problematic, yet, and also the Clough’s began to look for a church that would certainly have men’s activities that would certainly suit Orville. After visiting a number of churches, they came upon a Swinton Avenue banner announcing Illuminated Prayer, and by 2005 they easily came to be dedicated members of St. Paul’s. Deborah was recruited for the Strategic Planning Team and also then the Vesattempt, and also that caused a leadership duty with Family Promise.

May the business I give stop for me.May the business I provide speak for me.When I’ve done the ideal I have the right to,And my friends don’t understandMay the business I offer speak for me.

At this allude, Treanakay was living via her grandparental fees, and also St. Paul’s fit in as a church that was both intergenerational and family-oriented. By 2010, Deborah’s daughter, Brandi Bostwick, had relocated from Atlanta, bringing via her one more granddaughter, Kamani. With so a lot young household about, St. Paul’s continued and proceeds to provide a area for an intergenerational family members. As Deborah claims, “St. Paul’s has something for anybody and everybody.”

The works I’ve done,they seems so small,Sometimes, they seem choose nothing at all.

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Deborah’s professional life is a commitment to company in Christ. As both a licensed mortician and also a nurse, it is simple to watch just how her skilled job-related affirms a life of service. Deborah’s individual life is also a commitment to organization in Christ. She is difficult on her family, however she is as tough as a wife, mom, and also grandmom demands to be. She not just asks her family members to attempt harder, however likewise she sets an instance for her family. That example starts in church.

“Religion and also belief are exceptionally essential to me,” she says. “I don’t understand world who don’t go to church. God has given us every little thing we have actually, yet some human being can’t provide their time on Sunday. Services at St. Paul’s aren’t that long–not choose some churches–so it’s not difficult to provide some time!

“My prayer eincredibly day is for others to watch the Christ in me. My emphasis in life is to be an example of Christ to others.” Indeed, Deborah’s evangelism is by instance. “At St. Paul’s, church life is not simply about weekend worship. With every one of its tasks, St. Paul’s creates opportunities for me to serve Christ.”

When I stand before my God,I desire to hear Him say well done.

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Author’s NoteAfter interviewing Deborah for this write-up, I couldn’t acquire the words of the Gospel classic “May the Work I’ve Done Stop For Me” out of my head. The song was created by the Consolers, a Miami-based duo well-known in the mid-20th century. The Gospel Music Encyclopedia claims, “With simply a guitar and also 2 roughshod vocals, this married duo provided the public through an selection of plaintive sermonettes, praise tunes and guilt-laden songs about wayward youngsters.” Who knows? We can just be singing “May the Work” at an Illuminated Prayer in the coming weeks…