Sunday, November 2, 2008

All Saints Day

The memory of the just is blessed. Proverbs 10:7

As our pastor reminded us that today is All Saints’ Day, my mind immediately turned to my paternal grandmother, who went home to be with the Lord on April 13, 2007. Mother, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Grandmother, Employee, Sunday School Teacher, Friend …. Mary Jones was something special to each person who knew her.

One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t recognize her legacy while she was still with us. I know it would have tickled her pink if I’d shared with her all that she’d done for me and meant to me. I can honestly say I never stopped to think about a life without her. Although I know that no one lives forever, Grandma was so full of life and had so much “go” in her that the thought had not yet occurred to me.

I have discovered in the months since her death that she is so much a part of me; that my life and all of my memories are molded and shaped by her place in my life. She’d have been proud to know this. One reason I know she would love it is that I have since found taped inside the cover of her Bible a copy of an article in the Calvary Baptist newsletter dedicated to her for all of her years as a Sunday School teacher. I can imagine her turning to it and reading it again when she found herself wondering if she’d ever made any difference in someone else’s life. It read:

This week’s note of appreciation is dedicated to Mrs. Mary Jones, and I ask you to forgive me for making this one more personal. Mrs. Jones has been a faithful dedicated teacher for a least 36 years – because I can remember that many. Mrs. Jones has taught practically every age group and has done a good job in any class she leads. She has influenced many people in a positive way through her example more than through the words she teaches. Mary Jones is loved and respected by all who know her, and her work here at Calvary has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you, Mary Jones, from all of us you have touched! (November 29, 1992)

Material things never meant much to her, but being needed did mean something.

In her absence I’ve discovered she impacted my life in so many positive ways. I realize now that she has left a tremendous legacy to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We all knew and can proudly tell you today that she loved us unconditionally. She was proud of us all and she was there for us. She loved us to the moon and back with her cooking. I believe our lives are a reflection of her prayers for us. I believe our lives are a reflection of her life.

May we continue to do justice to her memory and may the generations call her blessed until the end of time.


lynnmosher said...

Hey, Tina! I loved this. It reminded me so much of my paternal grandmother, the love of my life. She died when I was 13 and that was 49 years ago. And I still miss her terribly.

I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment. I deeply appreciate it. Be blessed...Lynn

Donna said...

Girl, you have so deeply changed lives yourself. I know that the lord has blessed me with your friendship. While I also remember the saints in my life...I try to remember both the saints who have gone to be with the lord but also the ones among us today on earth. I am so impressed with all that you do and how talented you are. Be blessed my friend, donna

Judy said...

Awwww, this made me kind of sad because I miss her too. I never see a bag of pecans that I don't think of her and her wonderful banana bread (so much like my mother's) that she freely shared. I've wished many times that I had gotten to know her better. She is proud of Granddaughter Tina!

Valerie said...

I know that I am commenting in 2010 but when I read this and saw the date....Did you realize that your Granny and mine passed away on the same day? I loved reading this. You said exactly how I feel about my little granny. Thank you for sharing this with me.