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Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

By Janet Kelly



The house was situated in the center of 17 rolling acres Her grandparents had built it before Jenny was even born. She had always loved the wraparound porch, the dormer windows and the lemon yellow shutters.

Inside, the charm and warmth had been a vital part of her growing up years. The kitchen was full of memories from many family dinners. Aunts, uncles, cousins, Grandma and Grandpa (of course) and anyone else who needed a home cooked meal were welcome. She could still smell fried chicken, biscuits and gravy and chocolate cake. No one could cook like her Grandma Sue. Grandma had been in heaven for 8 years now ,but the kitchen had remained the place where everyone still gathered.

Jenny's favorite room in the whole house was Grandpa's library. She had spent hours there as she and Grandpa poured over book after book. He had read her bedtime stories, helped her with homework, and taught her the Bible in this room.

The walls were lined ceiling to floor with book shelves. A big oak desk sat in the center of the room in front of the bay window. She could still see Grandpa sitting behind it in his red leather chair. How she loved sitting on his knee as he read from the precious Book. He had taught her so much from the Bible, about life and a loving God. He told her about Jesus, the Savior, coming to earth and dying on a cross for her sins. She had come to trust Christ in this very room.

Now, Jenny sat here packing up all the books and pictures, putting them away carefully in boxes. Soon it would be time for a new family to make their own memories here. Grandpa was now in a world of his own, due to Alzheimer's. Memories were all that was left now.

She finished packing the last shelf. One thing remained and it was going home with her. Grandpa had wanted it that way. She ran her fingers over every intricate detail of the treasured pieces. Grandpa had made them himself. He had always taken such pride in his woodworking. The small shed had served him well as a workshop.

The bookends and Grandpa were a lot alike, she thought. They were solid and strong. They had been supportive all these years. Just as the bookends had kept the books neatly in place with their strength and support, Grandpa had done the same for her. She could always count on him. His faith had remained strong; it never wavered, even in times of adversity.

One of Grandpa's favorite verses was found in 2 Samuel 22:32-33 “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? God is my strength and power....”
Grandpa had taught her to rely on the Lord and that God was her strength. The many hours she had spent seeking his wise counsel would always influence her decisions.

Holding the bookends close to her heart, Jenny was comforted knowing Grandpa would always love her. Because of his wonderful example, she too could be strong in the Lord.
God was her strength and power!

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CD Swanson 02/06/14
Powerful messages sprinkled throughout this informative and well done story.

I loved it.

God bless~
Toni Hammer 02/06/14
This was a very beautiful story. Well done.
Sara Harricharan 02/08/14
A very bittersweet story. I'm glad she had good memories and a life lesson from her Grandpa. Libraries are always wonderful places, so I really loved that little detail.

Great job. Thanks for sharing!
Larry Whittington02/08/14
A family life story.

As I read it, I did not feel as much emotion as I thought I should and I don't know why.

It was easy to read and easy to follow but for some reason, I didn't feel the emotion. (and I don't know why.)

Well written though.
Phyllis Inniss 02/11/14
A time past and a time well remembered. A very pleasant story of Grandpa's spiritual influence on the writer that leaves her with precious memories. Well written.
CD Swanson 02/13/14

God bless~