I was looking through my grandmother’s Bible the other day and was amazed at all the information that I found in it. This particular Bible was given to my grandmother by my grandfather on June 18, 1950 which was my grandmother‘s 49th birthday. Looking through the pages I found birthdates, wedding dates and dates of deaths. She had marked certain Bible passages in her Bible that meant something to her. She even had sayings like this one:
“A careless word may kindle strife.
A cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instill.
A brutal word may smite and kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way.
A joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress.
And loving words may heal and bless.”
I also found a hand written note which showed her deep desire to know, trust and lean on God more fully and completely. It read: “I met God in the morning when my day was at its best and his presence came like sunrise. All day long His presence lingered. All day long he stayed with me...”
Her husband died when she was 59. With little money saved, she went back to work and supported herself for a number of years. The following years were filled with health issues. I found another handwritten note…
“1987 - This year is rough - pain sometimes seems almost unbearable.”
Then there was another note with the scripture passage from
1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
My grandmother had a deep impact on my faith journey.
In thinking about All Saints’ Day on November 4, may we all remember people, like my grandmother, who had a lasting influence on our faith journey.
Who has had such an influence on your life?
Published on Friday, November 9, 2018 @ 11:57 AM EDT