Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Precious Grandmother - A true Proverbs 31 Woman!

Last night, the world lost the most selfless, kindhearted, and loving person I have ever had the priviledge of knowing. She not only would have given you the shirt off her back, but would have selected a few more out of her closet and ironed them for you! That's just who she was - and we are all blessed for having known her! When I read Proverbs 31, this is the woman I picture. Indeed, her children (and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) rise up and call her blessed. And, I am completely certain she has heard our Heavenly Father say, "Well done, My good and faithful servant!"

The thing my grandmother treasured most was her family. She was the one who brought us all together and helped us through so many trying times with her kind and comforting ways. Who will comfort us now? Oh so many times in the last few days I've wanted to pick up the phone and talk with her. But, there are no phone lines that reach Heaven. That doesn't mean we are without hope or without comfort. I can quite literally feel my Heavenly Father's arms wrapped tightly around me at this moment (Psalm 121)! :)
There just don't seem to be words adequate enough to explain what a special blessing this woman was or how blessed I am to be a part of her legacy! How do you wrap a lifetime of love up in just a few words?
It was her house where we all gathered for Sunday dinners and the holidays. It was her kind heart the bound us all together and made us family. It was her kind nature that welcomed everyone and made her such a great pastor's wife. It was her faith that pointed us all to a loving Heavenly Father who is carrying us through these tough times now.

My grandfather's favorite story to tell was how when he came to Northside Baptist Church in view of a call, the only nay vote was from Ruth Wells, whose main objection was that he was single. My grandfather would tell us with glee how he overcame that nay vote by marrying Mary Kathryn Wells! It wasn't quite like that, as my grandfather became pastor of Northside Baptist Church in November 1943 and married my grandmother on September 27, 1945.
My grandfather passed away several years ago, so I know he was happy to have his bride back with him and is probably now showing Nana around the streets of gold!
Please pray for our family as we make some difficult arrangements over the next few days. But, even though our grief will eventually pass, we know Nana's joy is ETERNAL and for that, we can say PRAISE GOD! :)


David and Jen said...

Oh, precious Kara. How you have captured the essence of your grandmother's role as godly matriarch to your family, and how I am so thankful for the hand she has had in forming you into who you are. God bless each one of you during this time, and know that we love you dearly and send our deepest sympathies. Indeed, heaven is rejoicing at the reunion of a faithful servant and her precious husband, and her heavenly Father!

Brian and Cherie Landowski said...

What a sweet tribute Kara. Your Grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful woman. You are so lucky to have had such a godly woman to influence you and help you become the godly woman you are today. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are here if you need anything.