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"God is love.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another, 
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."   1 John 4: ...8, 11-12
As you prepare to read “Dollie’s House”, it is important to understand why she was such an inspiration to, not only myself as her niece, but all who crossed her path. However, in order to grasp the characteristics that made up her dynamic personality that was filled with such enormous joy and laughter, so much that it would light up an entire room, it is important to focus on the Source of the abounding love that made her who she was all her days on earth; that being her Creator, God the Father.

The framework for comprehending what prepares the human heart and mind for appreciating and internalizing the magnanimous depth, importance, and impact of love on mankind can only be accomplished by focusing on its originator, God himself, a task that requires humility and the acceptance that no man has searched the mind of the Lord, or been his counselor just as the book of Isaiah states.

My Aunt Dollie, an ordinary human trying to fulfill the desire of God for her life, had to deal with the same challenges we all face, and failed just as we do many times during her journey. Yet, she marched on toward Zion by making the most of situations and allowing God to lead the way. And…while doing, would rare her head back exclaiming, “Laws have mercy. I do declare”, followed by fits of laughter that shook her entire body.  

Dear readers, she simply got it and allowed God’s light to shine through her body and actions in such a way that dark rooms became illuminated as she included all present into her world. All God’s people were important and accepted. Simply stated. Exclusion was not in her vocabulary.

Then, when taking her final breath, the words from her lips spoke volumes. Instead of her usual declaration that proceeded a burst of healthy laughter, before departing, she recognized her Savior and Lord by calling out, “Oh, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” He truly was the love of her life that exuded from her entire being!

Finally, as you allow the words from her story that is told by the old house in which she lived for many wonderful years to soak into every fiber of your being, you are implored to study the illustrations carefully that so beautifully make the plot pop with excitement that were created by a young lady named Sonja in her sophomore year at Springfield Catholic High School whose behavior and mannerism reminded me of my Aunt Dollie. She is wise beyond her years and has a tremendous zest for life that prompts her to arise each morning feeling she has a song in her heart to sing. Her family members will describe her effervescent personality that radiates sunshine to one and all as a precious gift to behold.  

Thus, when you analyze the individuals she drew, you will note that she has crossed generations and recognized the importance of including all God’s children into her life. No matter the race, color of skin, economic status, physical challenges, or age, all are members of God’s creation and to be valued. Folks, Sonja is a rare jewel that God allowed me the honor of meeting. I prayed for an illustrator that had the depth of talent and range of understanding to draw the images you see and GOD PROVIDED. 

May God bless you as you read this story written for all ages! And… above all, “Laws Have Mercy!   I do declare!” Rare back and laugh!

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A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit."  
Proverbs 15:13

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