Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Grandmother, My Hero

"I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also."
2 Timothy 1: 5 (NIV)

"My Grandmother, My Hero"

Mamaw, if I had searched the whole world through
I could never have found a "hero" more wonderful than you.

If I had been born to any other mother,
I would never have known you...a grandmother like no other.

A grandmother who lived a life so inspiring,
One who never had a thought of quiting or retiring.

A wonderful mother, a loving wife,
Then a young widow when you lost the love of your life.

Pneumonia took your sweetheart, but not your peace,
Or your faith or your courage -

All of these - gifts from God above, who with His strong hand, held you and your children as you returned to the land.

There you raised your children, not alone, but with God,
Who gave you the strength to faithfully work the sod

That provided a home for family or stranger
Who need a shelter or a refuge from danger.

My favorite childhood days were spent there with you.
Working, playing, and learning - my favorite things to do.

You taught about endurance and hope and faith and love, and the importance of daily time spent with our Father above.

Even now, years later, in my mind's eye, knowing that you were here, without asking "How?" or "Why?"

You would find the right answer needed to calm my fears
As I brought to you my grown-up needs with older heart and tears.

As Mother's Day approaches, my thoughts are of you
And of my precious mother, a replica of you so true.

She passed to me the legacy you taught her long ago.
And I, in turn, will pass the torch to my grandsons whom I loved so.

With love,

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of mothers - both physical and spiritual. We are grateful for those who have lived a life of faith, trusting You in all things. May we be diligent to pass the legacy of faith we inherited to our children and grandchildren. Bless all mothers with Your strength and wisdom. We humbly ask, that You protect their families,  provide for every need, and fill them with Your peace. Give each mother and child, a heart that seeks You, O God. In the Name of Jesus, our Savior and Lord...amen.

Did you inherit a spiritual legacy from your mother or grandmother? If so, please share a special thought about her.

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