Many years have come and gone since both of my grandmothers died. Now, I find myself mother to and adult daughter, a young son, and grandmother to 3 year old Riley. Now that I walk as they did, as mother and grandmother, my heart is ever tender toward what was most important to them. I draw on the strong heritage that I have from both of them. Though very different from one another in many ways, at the core they were very much the same. Life centered around family and family around God. Each of them wanted and desired, above all else, for their children and grandchildren to love God, to live according to His will and His commands. They sorrowed most when those they love faltered, yet they never gave up hope. They were faithful in prayer.
After their passing, a burden was laid upon my heart to pray for all the children, grandchildren, and greats of both of my grandmothers. As many families, we are scattered and those dear old souls who acted as the glue that held us all together have now been taken away so weeks, months, and years pass without hearing from one another. Yet, this does not lessen the message of the burden that remains…”pray for those they loved as you do your own.” And so, I do. I pray for each one of my Grandmothers’ descendants, that they may be kept by God’s protection and provision, that they may be called by His Spirit to live faithfully to the call of righteousness until received unto our Lord in heaven for all eternity.
They weigh heavily on my heart this morning…May my kin know they are remembered and cared for by an unfailing love that lingers even beyond death and the grave. The prayers that were prayed by those dear Grandmothers are alive and well in the mind of God and I continue to pray as they did for those they loved so dearly.
“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)