I almost hesitate posting at all, but I will not let my pride get the best of me. My pride would say that I don't have the proper words to articulate my sentiments in the most eloquent or deserving manner, but I will go ahead and issue the disclamimer that my words are a mere trifle compared to the life and love I wish to reflect on.
This morning, March 22, 2011, Mazie Lawrence (Grandma) passed away or rather, her living soul left her earthly body.
I shall keep this brief and simply say her life was one marked by selfless, unconditional love. In her actions, words and faith, it seemed the things of this world were not merely superfluous but almost not even thought of. Her character was utterly devoid of vanity and materialism. Though she never had much, she always had more than enough for everyone else, be it neighbors, friends, family, friends of friends, priests and the list goes on. She made a mean brisket and her roast was legendary, but I think I will remember her kisses to everyone that came through her door even more than her unmatched skills in the kitchen.
I could go on but I will close with saying she was an excellent example of dying to self to allow Christ to live through her. She loved her neighbor like herself and I know her reward will be great in God's kingdom.
Romans 8:17-1917 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.