I’ve been wishing I could talk to Dad about all that ‘s been going on with the pandemic, and world unrest, and heated debates about to mask or not mask, etc. Dad was so intelligent and usually had an opinion. But he’s been with Jesus for over two years now. I can’t discuss anything with him but I can remember his example and learn from it…
I can remember the days, when Mom’s walking was getting weak and unsteady, I’d have to put a gait belt on her and coax her to stand and hold onto her as we walked. Dad was blind by that time and not as steady on his feet himself. But I would notice, as I was walking with Mom, that he’d be whispering fervently. And I’d catch words and realize he was praying. And he’d keep praying until I had Mom settled wherever I was going with her. And then, if I was close enough, I’d hear him release a big breath.
I remember he’d want to hear all about my life and I’d also share prayer requests from my friends, and he’d pray for us all. And then, when I talked to him later, he’d want updates on how God was answering those prayers. And from time to time he’d feel God was leading him to send a check to a struggling friend, or give me cash to take someone out for lunch, or do something to fix whatever problem I had.
And I remember the day I’d been cleaning and when I turned off the vacuum I heard Mom and Dad out on their small porch. I saw them through the open door, holding hands in a ray of sunshine. Dad was singing Amazing Grace and Mom joined in, but decided to sing What a Friend we Have in Jesus instead. Dad didn’t stop to correct her. He just enjoyed her company and kept singing his song, and Mom sang hers. And they were content.
And it all makes me think about what Dad would say to me now about all that is going on…
Pray. There are many things in this world you have little control over, but you can always pray and know that prayer makes a difference. God calls us to pray. And you keep faithfully praying until you see your prayers answered.
Be aware of what’s going on and keep in touch with those around you. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and how God might be leading you to help someone or some cause. And then do what He tells you to do. Do it now. Don’t put off the good you know to do today.
Find a little spot of sunshine each day and spend some time singing to God. Bring your best friend with you if you can. Remind each other that God’s grace is amazing and that we have a matchless friend in Jesus! And know that you can still enjoy the company of someone who sings a different song. God knows our hearts.
Daughter, I know the world is a disaster right now. I’m thankful Mom and I are with Jesus! And wow, it’s so beautiful and peaceful here! You’ll love it when God calls you Home. But meanwhile, God has you there for a purpose! So keep praying. Keep trusting God. Keep loving those He’s put in your life. You’re doing great!
I love you dear daughter. I love you big, big bunches! Hang in there. We know the end of the story is good!
Oh, and don’t forget to buy dilly bars for your grandchildren. It’s what grandparents do.