Tuesday, December 8, 2009

In loving memory...Pause and Ponder: 12:8

Luke 12:8

"And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men,
the Son of Man shall confess him also before the angels of God;"

I know someone who is being confessed "before the angels of God" today.

Papa came over this morning and very simply and sweetly stated,
"Today is a day for rejoicing."

I looked at him only slightly puzzled and replied, "Yes it is.  What's up?"

"My mom went Home this morning."

My Grandma.

My last remaining grandparent has now entered into her rest.

A mom who raised seven sons on a dairy farm and was a servant of all deserves some rest!

In our verse for today, the  word "confesses" simply means to agree.
According to the New Testament Word Study by Zodhiates, it is an agreement or acknowledgment of a covenant.

God made a covenant (contract, promise) with us.  It was made by the blood of His Son and the "earnest money" is the Holy Spirit.

My grandmother lived out the promises of God by faithfully loving, serving, and most importantly, praying for the people in her life.

I pulled this out tonight...

It's an old Arch book about the life of Esther.  I didn't grow up in a bible reading home.  I didn't know about Queen Esther or other stories from the bible.  But I read this book and all the others that she faithfully sent over the years.  I know that she sent them because inside the cover of each book is an inscription similar to this one's:

 She not only sent me books that told of God's Word but she prayed for me and my family.
Over the course of her lifetime she saw her sons walk with the Lord.

Then she, heartbreakingly, saw them walk away from the Lord.

And then rejoiced as one by one, the prodigals returned home.

But that's not what you would say on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.

What Papa told Pastor Jim tonight was,
"All the cows are back in the barn by milking time."
Right where they belong!

She didn't get a lot of encouragement to keep living the life of faith that she lived but, she lived it anyways.

And she lived it faithfully.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Give my Grandma a big hug and kiss for me okay? 
And tell her I said, "Thank you" and that I love her.

Irene Johnson, my grandma

May 28, 1916 - December 8, 2009


Brenna said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May our God of all comfort give you unfathomable peace.

I just lost my grandmother in July and my mother-in-law last week. My heart goes out to you...

Lainie said...

Oh Brenna. Love and comfort to you and your family too.

Thank you.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...


Your grandma is such a beautiful woman, both inside and out! Wow, what an amazing testimony and legacy she has left behind.

She ran her race and ran it well.

I will be praying for you and your family, Lainie. For you to have peace, comfort and rest in your hearts.


Ann said...

aww sniff sniff...wasn't going to cry today but that was a very touching memorial here and I think your grandma is gorgeous and wonderful. I am so sorry for your loss and for Papa's. Big hugs from me girl!!!

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. May God keep you in His peace.

Julie said...

I'm sorry for your loss. You put together a beautiful post about a beautiful woman, inside and out. I'll be keeping your family in my prayers.

MB said...

So sorry for your loss. Rejoicing that your grandmother is in heaven. I have a friend who just lost her grandma and she was not a Christian and that is a sting that never goes away. So thankful your Grandmother continued in the faith all these years and that someday you will see her again. You have the confidence that she is with the Lord. What a huge blessing!

Kathi said...

I think Grandma's grandaughter inherited some of her good qualities!

A very neat story. We will pray for your family.

We talked at the table yesterday about your manger...commented on the "differentness" of it...and we discussed...then Connor said, "But isn't that the true Spirit of Christmas!" Well said son. Well done M family. You have given our family something to really think about.

Merry Christmas. God bless you.

- Kathi

Anonymous said...

Hi Lainie,
I am sorry about your grandma. I will be praying for you and your family. What a blessing to know that now she is in the presence of our awesome savior and that one day you will see her again! Praise Jesus for that promise! I am one day looking forward to seeing my grandparents again also. You take care and know that you are being prayed for.

Lainie said...

Thank you all for your prayers and concerns. You are all very, very dear to me.

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