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Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)
TITLE: Granny Braid
By Kristine Baker
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Granny moved in with us after Gramps passed away. That big old house was too much for her and, she knew it. She was never one to be alone and we had the extra room down the hall from me. I liked having Granny live with us.
In those stolen moments of sleep, Granny would run a brush through my hair while humming beautiful melodies. I asked her one time what she was humming, and she said they were songs she learned in church when she was a young girl. I recognized one song called "Amazing Grace"; it was a song we sang at Gramps’ funeral.
Granny would separate my hair into three sections as she prepared to braid. Between thumbs and forefingers of both hands, the left and right sections were ready for braiding. The center section rested on the middle finger of her right hand, waiting its turn.
Starting with her left hand passing the section to the right hand, Granny would say, “In the name of the Father.”
Passing the right section to the left hand, Granny continued, “And of the Son.”
Bringing the middle section up to become the new right side, Granny said, “And of the Holy Spirit.”
Granny prayed aloud as she slowly braided my hair, “Annabelle, may God strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
I’ll never forget what Granny said as she fastened my braid with a tiny band of rubber. “Annabelle, tug on your braid anytime you feel tempted, weak or alone and remember that there is strength in having the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with you.”
As I tug at my braid, I thank God for the “special time” I had with my Granny.
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