Granddad’s House “Ain’t gonna need this house no longer.” Mothers’ Day 2014. My mom had been diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis. It’s serious. It would kill her. Eventually it would cause heart failure. Nobody knows how long she had but statistically someone with severe AS lives two years or less. How long it take for … Continue reading Granddad’s House
My daughter’s moving eulogy to my mom, her grandmother.
“And she laughs at the time to come,” Proverbs 31:25
The last time I spoke with my grandma, late on an August afternoon, she had labored all day with chest pain and asphyxia. She closed her eyes for the last time just hours after we hung up the phone.
While we spoke, she marveled at the love of her family and caregivers; she blessed me and expressed her joy that I had started a new job; she said something light-hearted about her transfer to hospice; and she told me she loved me.
But in that sixty seconds she gave me, distilled, the treasures of her life: self-forgetting gratitude and light-hearted courage.
Self-forgetting. Grandma held her life lightly. Free of self-importance…
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I met Gertrude in a nursing home. The first things she said to me was, "It is always a glorious day in the Lord."
“When God made Adam on the sixth day, Adam arose on the seventh day and said to God, “What are we going to do today?” God responded, “Nothing. I want you to learn immediately that everything we are going to do, we are going to do from rest.” I just read this in “Operating in … Continue reading What are we going to do now?
The Lord Knows My Name The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. Isaiah 49:1 “Mom,” I asked, “did you ever have the sense when you were pregnant with me that I should have had a different name?” She said, “Yes, I wanted to name you “Grace” … Continue reading The Lord Knows My Name