7 Years And Counting

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Yesterday, I got out for a mind and soul cleansing walk. I knew there was one particular stop that had to be made along the way. I had plans to talk with both my grandparents for the first time in over seven years. As I stood at their gravesides I realized that neither of them could talk back. However, their words weren’t necessary for this conversation.

I started with my grandad who I dearly loved. I said, “Granddad I’m starting to understand why you often said you had high mileage on rough roads. Or that you’ve never been alright you just learned how to deal with it. And, why you said “Christopher Columbus took a chance why shouldn’t we?” You really taught me a lot grandaddy. I see now why you always worried about us all. Your love compelled you to be concerned and pray. Well, your prayers are being answered daily in my life and I learned so much from you.”

Then, I talked with my grandma for the first time in seven years. “Grandma, you know if not for that cancer we believe you might have outlived us all. Man I miss you being around. You were one of my best friends. Always willing to listen and tell me the truth as you saw it. I loved way more than your homemade pimento cheese. I loved how you used to bring me ice cream when I was a sick child. I love how you read jokes that made no sense, but had us both laughing tears. I loved how you loved me period.”

“Looking back I see how with God’s help you both persevered through lots of pain. From an early age you went through so much. You had to so much the hard way. Your lives inspire me that I can make it through anything. I can promise you this for sure. I will not waste your investments, encouragement and prayers. I will do all I can for the cause of Christ in this life until I see you both again in the next life.”

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:1-6)

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