Remember their Legacy

 

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Remember their Legacy

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witness surrounding us…let us run the race with endurance” Hebrews 12:1

            The phone call came unexpectedly one night.  Grandpa was failing in health and would soon pass away.  How could this be?  He was stalwart, still golfing into his nineties! He had been a minister for over 50 years. Even as he lay on his couch, too weak to be up and around, he shared Christ with his neighbors and friends.  It would be a great loss to see his example of faith and fortitude pass out of this life. 

            As we head into the time of life where our parents, grandparents and extended family pass away, we experience loss, emptiness and sadness. No one really talks about this event, but it arrives on the scene and surprises us. Even though we know the inevitability of death, we don’t realize the devastating effects until it takes one of our loved ones. We are left with an empty space where once a loved one’s influence and strength guided us. On the journey through these times of loss, it is important to remember and pass on the legacy our loved ones have left behind. They have modeled for us many life lessons including qualities such as a heart for God and His Word, perseverance, commitment, diligence, and self-sacrifice. These traits are important for our children to see as it becomes their heritage, and an example to follow in their own lives. For me, Grandpa’s unending faithfulness to the Word of God is the legacy I want my children to see.  He gave up a life of pro-golf to share the Word as a pastor. He shared that Word into his nineties, even when he had to sit down to preach it! 

 We can honor our loved ones by passing these traits on to our children and grand children. We can honor the God they served by embracing the same godly characteristics in our lives.   As you face your own loss of loved ones, pass on their legacy.  Make this seemingly sad time of life into a joyous one as you celebrate the life of your loved one and carry on the legacy for Christ that they have left behind.  As I celebrate the life of Grandpa with my children, I will pass on his legacy for sharing Christ and pray that we will be as faithful as he has been.

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4 Comments

  1. Trish said,

    September 22, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    So true! Grandparents are such a treasure. My kids relate better to their grandparents in some areas better than they relate to my husband and I. There’s just something special about being able to share your feelings with a good listeners. Grandparents are just that! 🙂

  2. Linda said,

    September 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    It’s funny how God brings themes into our lives repeatedly. We were just at Sight and Sound to see Abraham and Sarah and this theme of “may those who come behind us find us faithful” was there too. I’ll run with you, Jo.

  3. RobD said,

    October 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Your site was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday. 🙂

  4. October 9, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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