What is your name and where are you from?
Geneva Lorick Pearson and I am from Columbia, South Carolina.
Tell us about your family?
I have been married for 37 years. We have two adult children, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law and three grandkids.
What is your background?
I was born in Columbia, South Carolina, into a Christian home. I am the third child of nine children (a 10th child was stillborn). My father was a bishop of the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) [Daddy went home to be with the Lord in 2017 at the age of 88 years]. He was a stern disciplinarian in the home but was also very loving. My mother was always a loving and submissive wife and continues to be a mother of whom I am proud. She and my father were married for 70 years. Because of the example of longevity and love in the marital relationship of my parents, I have always believed that a traditional marriage is the biblical image of marriage. Growing up, I always loved helping others and being a peacemaker. I guess that’s why it was an easy choice for me to study and pursue nursing as my God-given purpose and career.
Is there one person in history you’d love to meet?
I would have loved to meet Maya Angelou, the famous poet, author and speaker... among other talents. I always felt a connection with her passion for constructing words to create beauty and speak to one’s soul. She was such a strong woman despite her childhood history. Her hardships did not stop her, but they seemed to have made her stronger and wiser. I loved that she never stopped growing, learning and sharing with the world even as she grew older; it gives me hope. Although I am now a seasoned woman, I feel like there is so much more for me to accomplish.
When you think about Matthew 5:4-16, what comes to your mind?
That it’s what every person that calls themselves a Christian should be doing. While working in the health field as an R.N., I always considered my job as one of the places where I was able to shine my light. It was there that I was given the opportunity to illuminate Christ – I just happened to get a paycheck while doing it. Wherever we find ourselves, the real reason for being there is to shine for God, no matter what we think the reasons are for us being there.
This year at Remade by Grace, we will be talking about dispelling the darkness that dims our light. How does that resonate with you?
When I think about dispelling the darkness, I imagine a place of transparency, a time to really examine the areas that we really don’t want exposed. However, in spite of our resistance, it’s those areas that must be explored and dealt with in order for us to go deeper and shine brighter to glorify God. I personally will be looking to dispel darkness in my self-confidence. I often sabotage my own efforts because I don’t always feel like I can do a good job or am not the best person for the assignment. I really desire to trust God wholly by maintaining my faith, knowing that He will be with me through anything that He’s assigned me to do.