Grandma comes from solid German stock. She believes in hard work, loyalty and generosity. Grandma has been fiercely independent where help from people was concerned but unwaveringly dependent on God. She spent most of her life serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators. This included time in Oklahoma supporting her husband as he helped develop a written language for the Comanche’ Indian Tribe and later oversaw Bible Translations for language groups throughout Alaska. Grandma raised four kids on meager funds. Her stories are of the uphill in the snow both ways variety.
Her first husband died when he was only 50 leaving Grandma a young widow. Her second husband was fifteen years older than her when they married. Both marriages lasted twenty-five years. I remember Grandma arguing that she should qualify for a Golden 50th anniversary because two Twenty Five year marriages equaled 50 years of marriage. I think she might be right.
Her second husband had an amazing hobby. He built clocks. Kitchen Shelf clocks and Grandfather clocks were given as Christmas presents and wedding presents. When I got married, Grandpa had reached the 90-year-old mark and was no longer building. Grandma bought us a clock instead.
Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease a couple of years ago. She’s a courageous woman. I hope to be as graceful in aging as my Grandmother. Recently though she’s lost track of time. Her days and nights, weeks and months are all a muddle. She has not forgotten who created day and night. He’s still very much the one on whom she relies. I take great comfort in the fact that God is who determines our days and while Grandma may forget He will not.
Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.
I love that showing respect for my grandmother shows God that I revere him. So Grandma is headed to town. For the first time in a long time, she’ll be surrounded by family. Now its our turn to ignore the clocks, turn off our cell phones, and take the time to honor.