Marlene Burling, a resident in Batavia, NY, is a widow. She was a pastor’s wife. She has 3 married children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She and her husband began their ministry as home missionaries and later served in regular pastorates. She has been a teacher of children, youth and ladies, and has been a speaker at ladies’ banquets and workshops. She has written articles for newsletters, a children’s book titled “Grandma, Tell Me the Easter Story,” and has compiled a workshop titled, “There’s Life After Death—(LIVING in Widowhood),” which she is able to present to churches, ladies’ groups, or other groups. She started a widow’s ministry in her church for widows and singles. The group is called The King’s Daughters. She lived with her in-laws as their care-giver until their home going. She was a graduate of Elba Central School in 1962. She and her husband graduated from Elohim Bible Institute in Castile, NY in 1979.
What began as a personal exercise to process her grief upon the death of her husband of 51 years; took on a life of its own and resulted in a collection of 365 daily devotional thoughts, titled, “Morning Meditations,” and just recently published her second 365 day devotional titled “A Daily Walk With God.” The author has captured common and relatable daily occurrences, objects, and Bible stories and written spiritual applications for daily encouragement. God used these spiritual lessons in her own life as part of the healing in her grieving process. Readers will be encouraged to realize that no matter what they are going through—and no matter how difficult or trying it may be—they are NOT alone because God is always there. She wants her readers to know they can rely on Him for peace, comfort, direction and joy even in the midst of heartache.