THE BUFFALO MOUND,

RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:

“It Must Be…the LOVE of Jesus,”

A Tribute to Mim Svanoe Rinderknecht

By Cousin Ron Ginther

Vinca, a ground-cover vine also called Myrtle (Mim's middle name, after her mother Myrtle),

exemplifies steadfastness of purpose and hardy growth and invincible perseverance,

without which godliness and love are passing things.

It must be the LOVE of Jesus

To open so wide her door--

She filled hundreds of boxes

To help the unemployed and poor.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

That she clothed so many homeless—

The number is enough to shame us all,

And should at least embarrass.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

To feed the hungry under the highway span,

And drive the truck herself (to show a woman can!).

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus—-

She cared for others above herself.

People meant more to her than personal affluence,

A nice neighborhood, comfort and wealth.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

To give so much and go the extra mile.

She’d give you her coat if you needed one too,

And hand it to you with a hug and a smile.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

Nice folks will never know.

They give to ease a conscience

Or merely make a show.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

So extravagant and free,

That even Christians object to the “waste”

And think you’ve gone a little crazy!

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

To take one person to change the world.

The Pharisees, it scandalized

And with scorn their lips were curled.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

That doesn’t know when to stop.

You know she’s got it when she sees a mess

And is the first to grab a mop!

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

That’s lost all worldly pride,

For whom our comfort zone means nothing

Because she’s taken the Samaritan’s side.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus—

Have we finally got the point?

The same love saved your sin-sick soul

In your condo or honky tonk joint!

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

That we should have in equal part—

Or do we give in careful measure

And dole out with half a heart?

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus—

Though we richly received

Now do we share?

Or do we let go a trickle

And for the poor don’t really care?

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

That exposes the poverty within,

For when we think love’s too costly,

That’s when we starve spiritually within.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

That opens the Pearly Gates wide,

But if we don’t follow our Master

We’ll never walk through inside.

It must be…

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It must be the LOVE of Jesus

To show us our lack though it hurts.

He’d rather see us turned to givers

Than miss a reward big as Myrt’s.

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“Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall be given into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye use, it shall be measured back to you. -–Luke 6: 38.

This verse was Aunt Myrtle’s favorite verse, or one of her favorite verses, for she was always quoting it in my hearing. Her daughter Mim certainly took it to heart and is LIVING IT, with all her might.

Note: I would without hesitation recommend Mim Rinderknecht for the Nobel Peace Prize! She has truly earned this Prize, which the Norwegian Nobel Committee awards and which is granted in Stockholm, Sweden every year to the recipient. Mim is of course, full-blooded Norwegian, but that doesn't qualify her above others, it is her great compassion and love for needy people (emotionally and physically needy) that is so unconditional and free and without any strings attached whatsoever, that qualifies her! I wouldn't even know how to make out such a formal application for the candidature process of the Nobel Peace Prize award--it would take much help from others who know how it is to be done properly. But I know she deserves it richly, and the world should know there are such individuals as her who devote their lives to helping others who are in need of love and aid. She doesn't depend on government in any shape or form either! She does it HERSELF. She gets some help from willings hands of friends and family, but not all the time. Most often, it is herself, and her trusty car or truck furnishing the transportation. Has she ever been reimbursed for all the hours, effort, gas, and other expenses involved? Not going to happen on this old earth, you can be sure! But her reward is waiting for her already in heaven, that is a certainty! Jesus will never overlook her sacrifice of love for the "least of us." She didn't do it for fame, for she was given no fame, she didn't do it for money, for she was given virtually nothing in return, she didn't even do it for her own ego-stroking, self-congratulation--no, she did it for the sake of others and for Jesus who loves her and died for her on the Cross, taking away all her sins and giving her a true purpose for living and truly fulfilling life of service.

I am not writing about someone I know at a distance. I have gone and seen her in action, at home and out of the home. She is the real thing. She is just what I tried hard to describe but couldn't (words fail!) in "It Must Be."--Ed.

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