Visiting Grandparents, June 26, 2017 Daily Reflection

Jake and Great Grandma

Yesterday, me and my family went to visit my grandma. She is 100 years old. All six of us squeezed into her small room like we have several times before. Each of her great grandchildren gave her a hug and told her who they were. Each of my children told her a little about what is going on in their lives. She talked to us about memories of summers past. She remembered camping in her trailer when her girls were young and her husband was still alive. She laughed a little and was very happy to see us. However, she said, “I have no home.” She has wanted to go “home” to God for 50 years, since the death of her husband. It was sad, but she has been telling me this since I was a child. As we said our goodbyes, she told Jake, my 12 year old, “I hope the next time you see me I am laid out.” She whispered to me, “Pray for me to go home Lori.” I replied while hugging her, “I do every day.”

Later that day we visited my husband’s grandpa, he is 93 and has some health concerns. All six of us gave him hugs and talked to him for a little while. He was happy to see us. He lost his wife five years ago and is ready to go whenever God calls him back. He has a much more positive attitude about life. Then again as my grandma says he is a youngster at 93. He appreciated the visit.

Pondering the visits I thought about how important it is to set the example for my children to witness our time being spent with our elders. We could have gone swimming, hiking, or biking on the beautiful day but instead we choose to spend it visiting. Everything we do is seen and recorded by our children. I want them to understand and internalize the importance of family and loved ones.

If you have not visited your family or elderly friends lately take the time to do it. With our busy schedules it is difficultu to find the time but it makes such a difference to them, it is worth it. Please say a prayer for our grandparents.

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  1. Jan Redle June 26, 2017

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