How Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Offer Refuge in Life’s Storms

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Harvey and Irma Schluter share the first names of two Category 4 hurricanes to hit the United States back-to-back this year. However, the Schluters’ inspirational lives stand in stark contrast to the devastating storms bearing their names.

Harvey is 104, and Irma turns 93 in November. They married 75 years ago, in 1942. Irma recently told The New York Times the reports of death, devastation, and evacuations from the storms are “really sad” and offered this advice:

“If you can help someone, then help them.”

That’s practical guidance from someone who served as a refuge for children experiencing the storms of life.

As foster parents, Harvey and Irma Schluter welcomed 120 children into their home, many of whom suffered from physical or mental disabilities. Bottom line: Harvey and Irma know what it takes to help others weather the battering winds and waves of life. And, it brings them great satisfaction. Back in 2013, Harvey told a reporter that being a foster parent was his most rewarding life achievement.

Good people like Harvey and Irma show us serving others produces a meaningful life.

Proverbs 22:1 NET echoes this truth: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth, good favor more than silver or gold.”

So, our question of the day is this:

How do you want your name remembered?

I’ll start.

I want my name remembered in connection to the “fruits of the Spirit” mentioned in the Bible. While I have a long way to go, I want to live a life characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).

Theologian Albert Schweitzer said, “I don’t know what your destiny will be but this one thing I know, the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

As you think about how you want your name remembered, understand life on this earth will never be smooth sailing. But, helping others through stormy times, like Harvey and Irma Schluter did for their foster children, causes you to experience a rich and rewarding life.

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Laura is a blogger and Bible study leader who leverages her experience as a former television news reporter, radio show host, and magazine editor to connect the relevance of Scripture to modern issues. She writes regularly about news and faith on her website.

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