Dorene and Clarence Walth with author Maria and Husband Al

Dorene and Clarence Walth with author Maria and Husband Al

There are events that you know God, in His foreknowledge, planned to give you a glimpse of how He weaves people and times of your life to bless you and show you His wonderful grace.

In May of this year I traveled back to the Sacramento area from Irvine, CA to do a book signing at Bell Road Baptist Church in Auburn, CA.

And, of course, I was so happy to see my many Christian brothers and sisters at Sunrise Community Church in Fair Oaks, CA.  My dear friend Lorraine Swenson planned a luncheon get-together on Monday, May 6th.  It was a special honor to have Dorene and Pastor Clarence Walth there.  If it were not for Dorene’s encouragement, the journal would not have been written.  God used her in this important way in my life and in the lives of so many other women.

Al and I lived very close to them and had many fun times together.  We still retell some of Pastor Clarence’s jokes.  His smile and Dorene’s smile are so reflective of the joy they have in Jesus.

She and Pastor Clarence are those special people who have been chosen by God to teach, encourage and mentor others and they deserve special honor for their years of faithfulness.