Life has been overwhelming since I last posted. On New Years my beloved grandmother, age 93, had a mild stroke. She recovered quickly from the stroke, but unfortunately she fell during the stroke and broke her hip. She was not able to recover from that and she passed away on January 10. I would like to write a brief tribute to one of the most wonderful women I have ever known. I feel so privileged to have been her granddaughter.
My grandmother was faithful to the Lord her entire life. She faithfully prayed for each of her children and grandchildren every day. She spent about two hours a day in Bible study and prayer. She read the Bible through every year since she was 16. Every person who ever met my grandmother, whether or not they chose to love the Lord that she had given her life to, knew that she had an amazing connection with her Savior. The Lord rewarded my grandmother’s faithfulness. All of her children, children in-law and grandchildren have remained dedicated Christians. Her two sons became ministers of the gospel. Her daughter (my mother) became a nurse, so she could minister to people. One of her grandsons is studying for the ministry. The other grandchildren minister as lay people. All of her children and married grandchildren have maintained happy first marriages. All of her great-grandchildren are being homeschooled. I know that each of us have made our own choices, but she has been such a godly influence on each of us and I know that her influence has made a difference in all of our lives. I now just pray that I can leave a legacy of godliness for my children and grandchildren (if I have any) like she left us. I’ll miss her.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18