Grandpa died today…
I am headed off to Iowa to celebrate his reunion with Christ. It is strange, but I’m not really sad when I think about Grandpa, but what gets me is when I think about my mom losing her dad. Just thinking about losing my parents makes me cry. I was teaching the last class of “Made in God’s Image”, an all girls class in Foundations, last night and I started to tear up as I thanked the parents for coming. It has become a tradition that the parents come for the last 30 minutes of the last class to tell their daughters all the things they are thankful for, give them a little gift, and pray for them. It is a really special moment. Parents cry, daughters cry, some families are intensely uncomfortable as they are praying outloud for their child…but it is worth the discomfort. Family is one of the most amazing gifts God gives us…good, bad, and the ugly. They can model who God is like for young children raising them up in faith, or they may simply provide an opportunity for God to remind us that all humans fail…but He is the Perfect Father who loves us always.
I was reminded that I don’t tell my parents often enough how much I love them…and why.
My dad is a giant of a man, his 6 foot plus some inches stature are simply a physical clue to his strength as a man of God. He uses his leadership abilities to teach, guide, and support the body of Christ, he works hard, has a servant heart in all that he does. He’s the kind of guy you have to have projects for when he visits because he likes to be doing something useful with his time, he is a good communicator. For years he was the bridge between the Lindsey Island and the Mom Island–always working to help us understand each other. He loves to help people discover truth and find ways to live in it. He’s willing to show emotion and okay with us girls showing ours.
My mom is a faithfilled woman of God. She has modeled for me the importance of prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with believers. She is a servant who listens with her whole heart–willing to put people ahead of tasks. She appreciates beauty in life, willing to slow down and enjoy the things of beauty God has created for her to see. She is intelligent and always wanting to learn new things, she loves reading, studying, going to museums craving the knowledge and wisdom that can be gained through using the brain God has given her. She has demonstrated selflessness for me, always putting family needs above her own…honoring God through her dedication raising up Godly children.
I love my parents and I hope that these characteristics rub off on me…Thank you Grandpa for reminding us to tell our parents how much we love them and to take the time to thank God for the things they have given us.