Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
A Word of Hope
Going the Distance
Right now, is a very important time in my life because I am learning what it means to persevere. In September of 2020 and I found myself spending time with my Grandmother Lena as she was passing from this life on to the next. On one of those days, I was singing to her Amazing Grace, and as I was singing, I was looking at her face. I would see a very tired woman, but I saw something more. What I saw, was a woman who has conquered this life, surrounded by her children, and a legacy of what it means to be someone who tries and sacrifices. More importantly, I recognized the treasures that she has given us.
My grandmother’s love created a family with unbreakable bonds. She has given each of us an appreciation for each other. Grandmother Lena was a mother, matriarch, teacher, friend, and more. If she would have given up early in life, then none of us would be here today. By living her life, she gave us ours. As her grandson, I am filled with gratitude because she has shown me something that I can admire. Namely, the reason to why we try so hard in this life to live. I’ve learned, through her, that we do not live this life only for ourselves, but for each other as well.
I am less than half her age and already there have been many times in life when I wanted to quit, give up, and stop living. At the time, I did not realize that I would not only be cutting my life short, but so too the lives of everyone I never got to give the gift of my life. Our lives are gifts, especially when we can share them with others. There is so much life has to offer.
My grandmother gave us so much. In honor of her I can offer this fundamental lesson: if life makes you tired, then you are doing something very, very right.
Giver of life,
Bless you for our lives, for the many gifts life brings, and for what we get to leave behind. Thank you for my grandmother’s life and for the lessons she has given me. Help me to pass them on to others who are thinking about giving up. May she continue to remind us that life can make you tired, and that that is ok. Thank You Lord, for Your boundless love. Amen.
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare