My Grandma will be 98 in a couple of weeks. She is one of the most amazing, beautiful women who ever graced the face of the planet Earth! She has always been one of my role models for life. My Uncle always called me “Little Miss Grandma” because he thought I looked like my grandma. Over the course of the years I have seen that I am very much like her in many ways. I am basically Grandma’s clone – “Mini Grandma”.
Grandma has inspired me, taught me, and led by example. She worked as a nurse until she was 75 years old, never missing a day of work, often working double shifts. She taught ladies Bible study classes for years. She took many mission trips to Mexico, inspiring the doctors in her church to go as well. She tended a huge vegetable garden and yard full of fruit trees, providing canned vegetables, fruit, and preserves to anyone who needed it. She made quilts and blankets for every baby born in her town, for every college graduate, and for every newly married couple! She did it all quietly and consistently my whole life.
Her life epitomizes the verse in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” Grandma’s light shines brightly to this day.
And Grandma is a writer! She has kept a journal, starting when she was recovering from the death of her first-born son during childbirth until just a couple of years ago. She wrote in her journal every day.
A couple of months ago we brought some of her journals home. She wrote simply of her days – work, grocery shopping, quilting, gardening and going to church. As I was reading through them I noticed something amazing. Nearly every entry in her journal began with the words, “It was a beautiful day.” She lived her life with that attitude. I think she has discovered the secret to longevity!
One journal entry struck me as I was reading:
“A beautiful day. I went to Sunday School and Church. Pastor preached on ‘The Real Thing’, Micah 6:8, ‘He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’”
That’s exactly how Grandma has lived her life. She’s the real thing! She has lived a beautiful life and I have been blessed because of it. Happy 98th Birthday Grandma! I love you very much!
“The light of the righteous shines brightly” Proverbs 13:9