We will serve in construction ministry somewhere. So, in preparation for moving the trailer we call home, it is really quite easy to get things put away securely. Clothes, bedding, towels etc. are clean. Food is stored in the cupboards. Everything is neat and tidy and we are ready to roll! What’s left?
Saying goodbye to family, well, that’s not easy. The hardest part of the journey is leaving them behind. I love my sons, our daughter-in-love, and our grandkids. I will leave behind a sister, brothers, nieces and nephews also. As I think about the last hug I’ll have from them for a few months, I can’t help but feel blessed. To hurt so to leave them can only mean there is an even greater love linking our hearts together.
How do I share this love with them when I am not here in person? I pray. When I am done praying, I pray some more and then more and then more. I’ll study God’s Word, I’ll listen for His still quiet voice. And I will serve where God tells me. I do this to leave them a legacy of God’s love in their lives.
Prayer and Serving will be my legacy.
God brought to mind Timothy in the Bible. 2 Timothy 1:5 speaks of the “great faith of Timothy, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.” Timothy had a legacy left him by, first, his grandmother, and then his mother. I want to be the mother and grandmother that will leave this legacy for my family.
There are things I wish I could do for the family before I leave. I wish I could put everything in the world in order. I wish I could secure a future that is safe, pleasant, and filled with peace. I wish it was as easy to order their world and make it safe as it is to secure a travel trailer. Yet, I know, I am not able to make these things happen. So I leave them with a promise to pray and be the best God-loving Grandma and mom I can be.
My grand girls and grandson will not survive this world without prayer. As a grandmother, mother and mother-in-law, I vow to continue in my faith, studying, learning, serving our God. I vow to pray for them continually. I vow the same for my sons, daughter-in-love, my grandchildren and extended family too. It is my legacy I will leave for each of them.