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A Life In the Image of God

Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady Passes Away at Age 96

Author, D. Denise Dianaty
4 min readNov 29, 2023

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ATLANTA (Nov. 19, 2023) — Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate champion of mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:10 p.m. at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. She died peacefully, with family by her side.

Mrs. Carter was married for 77 years to Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States and the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who is now 99 years old.

“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” President Carter said. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.” [The Carter Center: Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope.]

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde presented former First Lady Rosalynn Carter the first-ever SAMHSA Lifetime Leadership in Behavioral Health Award at the 2010 Voice Awards at Paramount Studios in Hollywood on October 13. Carter’s 40-year campaign to improve the mental health system and to educate American families, including military families, about behavioral health has reduced prejudice and discrimination and encouraged more people to seek recovery.
Photo Credit: SAMHSA from Rockville, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

What is the “image of God?” The aforementioned “image of God” will always necessarily be a theological point of discernment. For me, it will also always be an emotionally and intellectually fluid thing.

It begins with empathy in all our thoughts and deeds, I think. Few people in this world exemplify the empathy and agape love which reflects of a universal and aspirational image of love. Divinity is found in that empathic love — thus, the image of God is love.

As to that “image,” I read in college Bible studies (at Carson Newman University — a Baptist college I was harangued into and attended for a semester) that in ancient Hebrew and ancient Greek, the words we…

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Author, D. Denise Dianaty

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