My heart is heavy as I am thinking of the seat that was empty at this year’s family Easter dinner. My dear sweet Grandmother, Lucy, was not with us this year. Last year, we gathered together to celebrate not only Christ’s resurrection, but also her birthday. We were fairly certain that with her age and failing health, it would probably be the last Easter together. Today, marks a year since we lost my grandma. Our prayers were indeed answered and grandma was healed, just not in the way we would have hoped. Grandma is in heaven today with a glorified body, singing praises to the Lord.
When I think of Grandma Lucy, my mind is absolutely flooded with memories. The scripture that comes to mind would definitely be Proverbs 31:10-31. Lucy was a loving wife to Herschel for 43 years, before he went to be with the Lord. Grandma was always busy, between working around the house, farm and community, not to mention her beauty shop that she had at the house. This enabled her to work without missing out on the lives of her children and, later on, grandchildren. In fact, Grandma worked as a beautician for almost 70 years. I know that she loved working in the shop. One Easter, I recall, mainly through stories and pictures, that I wanted to be just like my Grandma, so I went out to the beauty shop and cut my own hair. My long flowing blond locks were replaced with a short bob in a matter of a couple snips.
Besides the beauty shop, Grandma also kept busy in her amazing garden. I have vivid memories of hot summer days in Grandma’s kitchen, in the days before air conditioning, helping to can tomato juice. I can still smell the cooking tomatoes as I type this.
Proverbs 31:20 says “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” This was Grandma to a tee. She helped out many in surrounding communities, as well as, her own family. Grandma touched many more lives than I probably even realize. She had a way a seeing the needs of others and finding a way to meet those needs.
The next thing that reminds me of Grandma Lucy in Proverbs 31 would be “She makes coverings for her bed” (Proverbs. 31:22). Grandma claimed that she couldn’t sew and yet she made coverlets not only for her family members, but also for others. Yesterday, the great-granddaughters all got to select a coverlet that Grandma had made. It was neat to see the girls all select their coverlets, but hard to not have Grandma there to give them out to the girls. I am certain that they will each treasure it always.
My Grandma was certainly not one to “eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27). She seemed to accomplish more before lunch time than most of us accomplished the entire day. Even with her advancing age, it didn’t slow her down much at all. She was definitely a mover.
Grandma Lucy raised 5 children, which really hits me personally with my 5 kiddos. She had 12 grandkids and 21 great-grandchildren. Without a doubt, they would all claim to her blessedness. Her strong faith was something that she lived out loud each and every day. To say that Grandma left a legacy would be an understatement. Her legacy reached beyond the bounds of our family into surrounding communities. She touched so many people’s lives with the love of Christ evident in her daily walk and actions. My grandmother lived out the Proverbs 31 woman like no one else I have ever known. I long to lead that kind of life and example for my children.