Virginia Capron — a woman with a big heart
“How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. The Lord bless you from Zion, And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Indeed, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel! [Ps. 128:1-2,5-6]” — New American Standard Bible
There are countless mothers in our country who give and continue to give. They give selflessly. They give of themselves even when there is no more to give. Such women are a blessing to our nation. They are God’s blessing to us.
As we draw near to Mothers’ Day, which people around the world and here at home will celebrate this coming Sunday, I would like to acknowledge a special mother, Mrs. Virginia Capron. She is a woman with a big heart, especially for children.
I have known Virginia for more than 40 years and have observed her very closely as she raised her children. She did so as a single mother. That is not an easy task. I know what it is to be a single parent. I have been one.
Single parents have the burden of being both mother and father to their children. In order to do a reasonably good job of single parenting one must make sacrifices.
Mrs. Capron raised six children. She struggled and fell down with those children, yet she never gave up. She did a marvelous job in raising her children. And even though it was difficult at times, she managed to extend herself and help her neighbors.
Having raised her children, she assisted in raising her grandchildren. And now she is assisting with the raising of her great-grandchildren. She does this mainly because she loves children. Virginia is the matriarch of our church. During the past 50 years she has nurtured and cared for countless children who have attended our Vacation Bible School (VBS), Sunday school and church services.
Over the years, I have seen her go around her community collecting children to bring to VBS, Sunday school and to church. I know this because at one time I drove the bus that picked up those children.
Virginia just does not get tired of giving away her love, God’s gift to her. She loves children. But not only children, she is also a good neighbor. To provide outreach to her community, she and a group of women from her neighborhood formed a good neighbors club. They go about the community providing assistance to those who are in need.
Mrs. Capron is really a godly woman. She not only speaks about the love of God, she lives and displays it in her actions.
There are numerous children and adults throughout our country who would attest to what I am saying. They are recipients of Virginia’s love and motherly care. Yes they have experienced that motherly love which she passed on to them in church and at her dinner table.
Virginia has been and continues to be a surrogate mother to the children of our church and to her community. She is a wonderful person whom God has blessed with a special gift — love. In the true Christian spirit, she gives that love away.
Mrs. Virginia Capron is a mother of mothers. Through the working of the Holy Spirit, she has touched many lives and has enriched those lives. She is helping to build the nation. Happy Mothers’ Day Virginia! Happy Mothers’ Day to mothers throughout The Bahamas and around the world! Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 323-4107; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.