Last month on a visit
home, my mom, Ellen, Grandma and I took a weekend to
Uncle Genes and Aunt Lindas. We looked at old videos with
grandma and grandpa in their 60s- And there were
crisp memories of Grandma so happy, laughing with her
classic, jovial laugh, lighting up the room with her
eyes. In those videos shes right in the middle of
her family. This was her life. She took great joy in her
family, loving us all to the fullest in her own unique
We will always remember how she
found joy in being with God. I think of the hours she
spent at the church in Silver Springs to pray for her
family,she used to say" I pray everyday for all my
family,friends and benefactors, and the most forgotten
soul, I think that covers everybody"
This love extended beyond her
immediate family. She found joy in serving others. Every
Sunday after mass she would open her home to the church,
serving so many people.
While she was alive, she kept
her faith simple by following the greatest commands. She
loved God fully and she loved her neighbors as herself.
It spilled out into everything she did. We can also
choose to love God and pass this legacy of faith on to
the next generation.
Psalm 23 was grandmas favorite psalm. It was her
life scripture. When she was able, she would quote it
word for word. Her eyes would light up at the truth of
During my last visit in July, I lay with grandma on her
bed and held her hand. We didn't say much. But at one
point after telling her how loved she was and what an
amazing grandmother she had always been, I decided I
would speak Psalm 23 over us. Grandma's eyes lit up as I
read this. Grandma,
The Lord is our shepherd, isn't
he? ...We shall not want for
anything He makes us lie
down in green pastures, he leads us beside still waters,
doesn't he grandma?
He restores our soul,
grandma! ... He leads us
into His paths of righteousness for His name sake,
Even when we walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, we won't fear evil, will
we grandma? For God is with us!
His rod and staff comfort us. He
prepares a table before us in the presence of our
enemies. He annointest our head with oil; our cup runneth
Surely, goodness and mercy will
follow us all the days of our life grandma! And We will
dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Thats exactly where
grandma is today - She is home with her creator -
dwelling in Gods house - completely full of joy at
living a life that honored her creator and honored her
family.As much as we are letting go of her physically
today, we know that spiritually we will embrace her