From the moment He met Marge he recognized the compassion and concern that was within her. As they worked together and her Christian faith became evident, many other Christ like traits were observed. Those who do not know her may be surprised at the passion with which she worked to get a small book to a Vietnamese man’s family. Her family and friends don.t find it unusual.
When this story aired again last week on KOZK 21-2 in Springfield on the PBS series, History Detectives, it was told how she obtained the old diary written in Vietnamese and determined to learn if there was a family to return it to. The small red book was picked up by a friend when he was fighting in Vietnam. He saw it on an enemy soldier’s body after a battle and picked it up. Keeping it for almost 50 years, he sent it to Marge after discussing the book she wrote about her brother who had died while fighting in Southeast Asia.
What would cause a woman who lost a brother in this conflict to even care about the possible family of a man who was on the side that killed her brother? The reason Marge cared enough to pursue the return of the diary is the Love of Christ that lives in her and all Christians. Christ died for everyone who ever lived or will live. This means he died for those who wanted Him dead and those who actually killed him.
Christians try to follow The Lord’s instructions to do to others what we would want them to do to us. If Marge’s brother’s diary was held by a Vietnamese woman, Mrs. Garner would hope she would try to get it to the states and back to their family. Thank you, Marge, for the demonstration of Christian love.