This evening my daughter received a blessing. I watched as she held the phone to one ear and scribbled furiously with her free hand trying to keep up with Grandma’s words. She interviewed Grandma Patti about her life for a school project. As I watched her writing and caught snippets of Mom’s voice on the phone, I knew what life details were being shared, and my eyes welled with tears. Mom poured into my daughter words of life and hope. And I rejoiced.
Annalise now knows how Grandma fell in love with Jesus, and can quote Grandma’s favorite verse, Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. She also has snippets of Grandma-wisdom to carry with her. Things like, “You can’t change what happened yesterday, but you can make a difference tomorrow.” And one my siblings and I all heard a time or two: “It’s easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.”
As Annalise shot questions at Grandma and Grandma talked away, I thought of the story in Joshua chapter 4 when God commanded Joshua to have 12 men, one from each tribe of Israel, take a stone from the middle of the Jordan River and set them up as a memorial to what God had done for them. Then when future generations asked what the stones meant, the Israelites were to tell them how God had delivered them into the Promised Land. Annalise’s biography of Grandma’s life will be like a stone along the Jordan River, a reminder of what God has done.
Other verses came to mind as well. Deuteronomy 11:18-19 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. And Joel 1:3 Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.
If my children do anything with their lives, the thing I desire most for them is that they walk in the ways of Christ and serve Him always. In that quest, they are blessed to have Grandma Patti’s story ringing in their ears; a story of broken yesterdays turned into changed tomorrows which will live on in the hearts of granddaughters that love and serve Jesus. Thanks Mom for taking time to love on my girls and pour into them a story of redemption and life-saving grace.