Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Everyday Jesus: Even From the Other Side

(Looking for the SDG party?  Scroll down one more post)
I was incredibly afraid of taking them to another funeral.  I was afraid to watch them bury yet another great-grandparent.  I was afraid that they would fail to see the hope and the life and concentrate solely on the deadness, on the vacant body, on the loss.

But Mama Gal, or Mrs. Mavis to some, she didn't plan to go out without reminding everyone for whom she lived.  And how can you instruct people to talk about your faith without imparting the hope that comes with the name of Jesus Christ?

The preacher extolled Mama Gal's bible reading.  He held up clippings and pictures that she kept in her large-print bible.  He read some of her notations and shared some underlined verses.

And the mind of my eight year-old daughter absorbed all the hope she could as her eyes filled with tears.

It was a whirlwind trip to Shreveport, Louisiana, and soon as she got to her room, Abby took out her glittery Bible and opened the front cover.
You see, the preacher said Mavis spent a lot of time reading Romans and so Abby decided she would too.  And so she wrote herself a reminder.

How else did Mavis affect my little one?  How else did her words reach over to the other side?  Click here to continue reading.

Linking Wednesday with Tracy and  Michell.


  1. Thanks for sharing this awesome "Everyday Jesus" moment over at 7 Days TIme! It sure blessed me! Love to you, Sister Jen! :-)

  2. Jen, this is beautiful. Mavis sounds like she was an amazing woman, and she left such a legacy for future generations. For Abby to have seen her great grandma’s words and be able to share about it with her children, and even grandchildren someday gives me chills. I love how God weaves stories like this together.

    PS: For some reason I wasn't able to post my comment on the other site.

  3. Oh my gosh Jen, how perfect is His timing. This instantly brought to my mind the verse in Isaiah 55:11 - So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Wow. What an amazing God we have!!

  4. I love those childhood commitments. So special and sweet.



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