“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”— Frederick Buechner
This quote adorns the wall just inside the entrance to LPGM’s office, but could also perfectly describe the life of faithful saint Ruth Lunde. A long-time member at Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Ruth never had children of her own, but was a compassionate “second mom” to her many nieces and nephews.
“I think we all lived with her at one point or another,” recalled her nephew Pastor Steve Meyer, who briefly lived in her house after graduating from Luther Seminary.
Ruth’s life was dedicated to caring for others. She spent her early career in the aftermath of World War II helping Jewish immigrants in New York City through the Cadet Nurses’ Corps, before serving many years as the executive director of the Minnesota Nurse’s Association.
For more than a decade she also faithfully sponsored a student in India. Ruth passed away last July, but her legacy lives on in so many ways. In her death she continued to care for others, helping students for many years to come through a generous gift in her will.
As Pastor Steve preached at her funeral,
“To remember Ruth is to remember a warm smile, a ready, boisterous laugh, a love for people, a gracious hostess, a love for family; a heart for people. To be able to remember is good.
To remember Ruth’s place in our lives isn’t just to think back on someone who touched our lives in the past. It is to know that the effects of her life remain and continue to have an impact.
When loving God and loving people around us is at the heart of life, it makes all the difference in the world.”
We give thanks for the life and legacy of Ruth and the many students who receive an education because of her.