This past Sunday, my husband preached a sermon about the legacy we leave behind us and how we need to make sure our kids truly have the faith we have. He preached from Joshua, and it was an excellent sermon that I think every parent and grandparent should listen to.
If you want to hear the entire message, you can watch our church’s message on Facebook. The sermon starts about 20 minutes into the video.
It was an especially poignant message for me to listen to as my grandmother had passed away the night before this message, and I started reflecting on the legacy she had given me. While I drove to Michigan with my sister, we reminisced and I wrote down some of the legacy I have received from my grandma.
Here’s some of the legacy Grandma has given me:
- She worked hard without complaining. She was a farmer’s wife who worked hard every day.
- She and Grandpa rewarded hard work. The things the world held high such as good looks, money, and talents did not get praise from them. They appreciated someone who would come alongside and work hard and who lived the phrase, “Their word was their bond.” After the hard work on the hay fields or in the wood, we were rewarded with root beer floats. And we grew to love working hard alongside them.
- She loved unconditionally. She loved all of us grandkids equally. She made us all scrapbooks with the letters we sent her and pictures we colored for her.
- She taught us to obey. Once when I stayed with her, I helped her mow her big lawn with the push mower. She told me to let her have a turn going around as she knew it was hot, and I would get tired. I walked right past her; and to teach me a lesson, she made me go around 3 more times. I was so tired when she finally took the mower from me. I learned to obey her the first time!
- She kept on going even after my grandpa died unexpectedly. She had 50 head of cattle to take care; she was crushed; but yet she didn’t give up.
- She was always there for us. She asked for nothing from us; yet she gave us what little she had. Even when she ran out of money, she found some lap quilts she had crocheted and gave one of them to each of the great-grandchildren. She made us all a twin afghan when we graduated from high school and a queen size afghan when we got married.
- She didn’t go to church until after my grandpa died; but once she did, she lived her faith. She got baptized when she was in her 70’s.
- She helped in any way she could. After her hip replacement surgery, she got almost sick and died. After she recovered, she came to my house to stay for a while. Even though she was very weak, she would sit at my table and peel potatoes, cut vegetables, make salad, and fold my laundry.
- She gave us the gift of laughter. She would always say it was better to laugh than to cry. So we would laugh over just about anything.
- She shared how to have fun even when living simply. As a farmer’s wife, they lived on a very small budget. But the laughter and fun that rang from her table as we played card games will live forever in our memories.
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