Today we are here to celebrate – not so much an 80th birthday as the wonderful person who happens to be entering into the blessed state of octogenarian-ism.
We love Myrt for many reasons
- We loved her first because she made granddaddy Bob happy
- We loved her because she then chose to love the balance of the Alexander family
- We love her because she has loved us all so eloquently, so graciously, and so generously
- We love her because she is such an outstanding Presbyterian!
- We love her for her courageous efforts to keep a significant section of Central Florida grammatically correct
- We love her because she forgives us our own grammatical ineptitude
- We love her because she has such a hospitable spirit and such an open heart for people…
When Myrt first came into our family we wondered what it would be like to have a new stepmother and step-grandmother… It’s a path we really hadn’t considered before…
But it didn’t take long to realize that Myrt wasn’t a step-anything at all – she was – and is - a family member in her own right.
Which is why it hasn’t been at all difficult to maintain our family ties since Bob passed away in June of 2007. Myrt simply belongs at Maul Hall on Thanksgiving with the hoards and masses – and in Orlando July 4th and New Years Eve, to watch uncle Joe attempt to blow up the neighborhood, and the nieces and nephews.
And we belong here, to help celebrate 80 years (and counting) of faithfulness and commitment. Myrt is living her faith out loud. There’s a phrase I like to use that sums up how I feel about this gift of life. “We all should live like we mean it – because God most certainly does.” Well… it’s obvious that Myrt certainly does too, and she does it with elegance, she does it with élan, she does it with flair, she does it with style, and she does it with class.
There’s a scripture from Philippians chapter 2 that comes to mind when I think, “Myrt got us together for this party – so where should we go from here?”
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.