Friday, December 7, 2018
by Jenny McMahan
This Fall has been a difficult one with the death of my Grandma Eileen at the beginning of October. After her funeral, I was asked what I would like to take from the house before everything was given away or sold. My first thought was, “I don’t want anything to change.” The house has been the same forever. It stung me like a bee every time one of my cousins would ask for another piece of my memories in that house. I finally decided to ask for the little, vintage 70s, wire butterflies that always hung on her dining room curtains, only to find they were no longer there.
“I will never again receive another Christmas card from my loving ‘Grandma B’”, I thought as I looked through my mail. With tears streaming, I helplessly hoped to see her handwriting on an envelope, but reality set in as I leafed through the stack of bills. At the bottom of the pile I found an advertisement from the Bradford Exchange for a “gift from grandmother to granddaughter” – a silver-plated butterfly music box with the message engraved, “My granddaughter, I love you today, tomorrow, always”.
I truly believe I was given a sign that day at my mailbox. My sweet grandma was a comforting, accommodating and hospitable lady who was strong in her Christian faith. I can move on knowing that I will see her again, someday, in Heaven.
I am also comforted by the message in Revelation 21:4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
TODAY: Pray by name for a businessman/woman.