"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." - Ephesians 1:3-5
Sunday, April 27, 2014
I'll See You Again One Day, Grandpa... God Willing
Grandpa's 90th Birthday Celebration 2/14
He would come to visit with a bag of black licorice in his
hands. It was the delicious, old-fashioned kind that he hasn't been able to
find in a store for quite some time. Little treats were common to expect from
him. Even a stick of gum tucked inside a letter addressed to me comes to mind
as I reminisce. (Grandma has told me that he tried to trick me by disguising
money as a stick of gum.) Either way, it was the simple actions of my Grandpa
that spoke love to me.
I remember Grandpa showing up in the early morning hours to
take my brother, Trent, fishing. Every now and then, he would allow me to tag
along. I wasn't a nuisance to him. It was easy to cherish Grandpa because he
always cherished me.
The smell of Ivory soap will forever trigger memories of my
Grandpa. Funny how the senses can tug on one's heart string that way. Very
recently, we identified the smell of Lysol as an aroma that transports my
thoughts back to Grandpa and Grandma's house: a place that was simple and plain
but filled with love and acceptance for us.
The hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, will always connect
me to him. I treasured the times the song played introducing the clay animation
show of Davey and Goliath. He didn't necessarily remember, but if I catch a
glimpse of that show while flipping through the channels, it will forever cause
me to pause and picture myself as a little girl watching television with my
I cherish the fact that Grandpa spent quality time with
me. The smile that he could not contain on his face when he was ready to go out
concealed in the final round of the card game, Books and Runs, will forever be
etched in my mind.
Grandpa always said that he planned to live until 120... God
willing. This phrase will always mark my Grandpa's life in my mind. Apparently,
God wasn't willing that Grandpa should live more than 90 years. But during those
90 years, God was willing to give Grandpa the abundant life he promised. And
God willing, which I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is, we will see
each other again. Because 1 Peter 3:9 tells us that God is not willing that any should perish (meaning He doesn't want anyone
to spend eternity in hell) but that all should come to repentance (to spend
eternity in Heaven with Him forever).