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Topic: Parent (11/16/06)
TITLE: Legacy of Grace
By judith stuchbery
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Her physical form seems so small so infinitely precious. Her chocolate brown eyes, always shining with love, are closed the lines in her beautiful brow have somehow melted away. Her skin is soft and milky her quick sweet smile is gently quiet. Her simple gold wedding band is loose on her faithful hands . serving, artistic, creative hands .
..O Father where do I begin how can I ever put into words what those hands mean to me to countless others or to You?
Courageous spirit whose hands never seemed to tire in blessing, in service, in hospitality, in loving how can such small hands have accomplished so much over all these years? her hands, held up to her Father over many decades faithful warrior in prayer for those she loved, and for whom He sought such strong hands, so still now yet still responding to the pressure of my fingers to the voices of her children and grandchildren
how many grandchildren really Father? thousands and thousands all over the world .. You know the food parcels the beautiful handmade garments the financial support the personal letters of encouragement to your servants abroad the school children she loved and taught about You the food she lovingly and bountifully provided Father You guided her hands and heart in service through all her years You saw You alone know
She is a true lady of grace shaped and moulded taught and led, by her Fathers example with desire to love Him and bring Him joy. Wartime and peace lack and plenty bitter times and sweet times through disappointments, sorrows, challenges, tears, heartache in fellowship, friendships, laughter and fun times sickness and health dark times and times of blessing . how she clung to, and learned from her Father. She told me she would, when she could no longer hold on, fly .. through Christ, to hide within her Fathers heart .
Unconditional love she learned at Your feet Father great mercy joy in giving, wonderful humour sensitivity to, appreciation for, and ability with the written word .
O Father her beautiful script on the front of many a looked-for envelope containing a letter from her heart to her children to this child when far away from home and in trouble having wandered from You, my mothers Father trying to find my way to understand that You could be MY Father too .
I watch her I feast on my last moments looking at her beautiful earthly face I know the angels surround her waiting to escort this precious daughter to her Fathers house I know she will, amidst great joy and gladness, be welcomed there .. fly dearest Mother..fly to Him ...
Father I thankyou that You and I found each other .. I thankyou You are my ultimate parent my Father and my Mother with You I can have a complete and purposeful life I saw You and sought You because I saw my Mother
How rich her legacy of grace! How blessed am I! How blessed are mine!
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