(Alice while enrolled at Lee College in Cleveland, TN)




Alice Mae, the surviving half of a set of twins, our babies of the
 family. Lovely, talented, compassionate and so eager to
please that she disregarded her
wishes to fulfill those of everyone else.

But life took an abrupt turn for her near the beginning of her
sophomore year at Lee. She was stricken with a disease that
totally changed her life. Only God can know what she has
 gone through while battling Bi-polar, but she is a survivor.
Alice produced some beautiful paintings while enrolled at Cass
 Tech High School in Detroit while keeping up her academic
schedule as well. She was proficient indifferent media: pen, pencil, charcoal, oil, acrylic, etc. She played the piano
and sang, was wonderful with children and taught
Sunday school classes.

But after the onset of her illness, she was unable to continue
 many of the activities that she loved. The amazing thing about
 her is that in spite of  her many difficulties she has never lost her compassion and sensitivity toward others. She has great love
 and respect for her family. She never has anything bad to say
about them even though some have not taken time to visit her
 or keep in touch. She just displays unconditional love
toward them.

I would like to share an example of her acts of compassion
which happened during this past Christmas season.
One of the ladies at the home where she lives (Venture Home
Again at Paintsville, KY) spent the day on Christmas Eve going
from person to person with great excitement
saying Santa Claus is coming. Did you know Santa Claus
is coming?

Alice, not wanting her to be disappointed, took one of her
own blouses, wrapped it and put the ladyís name on it. She took
 a sock and put fruit and candy in it and put them under the home Christmas tree. Then she asked the lady if she had
looked under the Christmas tree to see if Santa had left her anything.
No, she hadnít, but she went to the tree to see if there was anything
for her. Finding the presents from 'Santa was very exciting to her,
and she wore the blouse all day.

The next day, Alice noticed the rescue squad at the home,
but sometimes they had to make runs there for people who were
ill and needed transportation, so she didnít make a connection.
Later she realized that she had not seen the
'Santa-lady' that day. When she inquired about her, she
learned that the lady had died. She had performed such a simple
act of kindness but one that would
make the ladyís last day on earth a happy one.

When I learned of this story, my first thoughts were that the lady
may have seen more than 'Santa' who was coming, but in her
 limited ability to express herself thought it would be Santa and she would get to see him. It makes you wonder if the Lord himself
were not preparing her for His coming just
for her... on His birthday; and Alice, being the compassionate
 person she is, was used to make the last day of her earthly
stay a happy one.

Alice can still play the piano and her keyboard and sing some,
and they are always hymns and praise songs. She has been able
to resume her art work to an extent. Her hands are not as steady
as when she was in school, but her heart is still in the same place, thinking of others; because when she does a drawing she wants to
give it someone. Several of her oils and  acrylics grace my walls,
 and it is a reminder of a lovely lady who has had
a difficult life but has never lost the love and compassion of the little
girl who meet Jesus many years ago.
Alice, I salute you! You are not just a special sister, but a
very special person to all who know you.

A friend of our sister, Lorinda, suggested that something be
written about the 'real Alice,' the one that has been overlooked sometimes due to the nature of her illness, and call it
'Aliceís Alabaster Box.' So, Alice, here is your Alabaster Box.

 You have broken it many times to spread its lovely aroma to those around you. We know that it will continue to be
broken with an endless flow of the Love of God that you
spread to those who are blessed enough to know you!

January 9, 2004
Delores Adams
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