August 10. 2014    JANE’S HEART TO HEART   ….PASTOR’S HELPMATE

“Good Morning Glory!”  Those words are etched in my memory and re-occur in  my mind  whenever I see a lovely Morning Glory, as I on Face Book just few weeks ago.  “Good Morning Glory” was a daily greeting of my  mother’s cheery voice as she came to our bedroom and sang out to waken us. What a happy memory.

My father always said to us “Remember Whose You Are” as we parted.  I wonder what positive lasting memories my descendants will have of me.

While I was a patient at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, our youngest son Nathan and his family came to visit and I could see the very seriously subdued looks on the faces of even the smallest child.

Seeing grandma with an NG (nasogastric) tube in her nose didn’t present a very  pleasant picture, drab hospital gown, disheveled hair and ashen countenance. I waved and said just a few words to assure them that I was, OK, but the tube caused me so much discomfort, I was not able to talk or swallow, so I lay quietly and everyone else carried the conversation. Ken and our son Nathan stood talking in hushed tones at the foot of my bed. Jennifer and the children seated in the area provided for guests and little Hudson (2 1/2) fearfully pressed against his mother’s knees, looking back and forth at me and the men. I smiled to reassure him. Cautiously he stepped away from his mother and moved to stand between the men obviously mimicking  their stance  and looking up from them and to me he tried to duplicate their conduct. When they all lined up to give me a hug as they left, he fearfully came over to the side of my bed and reached up to join the family in a farewell hug. Mommy picked him up and he laid his sweet little red head on my chest.

Yes, children watch us and react as we do. What a great responsibility we have as God’s children  to allow our children to see by our conduct, through the joys and trials of life, what is really important to us. To point them to the proper responses to things that come our way. Not to shield them from the trials of life but to include them and show them by example how we can truly trust God.

That evening Lissy stopped to visit on her way from LCC to her home in Kalamazoo and after our visit she and her grandpa  prayed for my situation and then her safety on the road.  As he closed his prayer, without the slightest hesitation, Lissy began praying and poured out her heart to her Saviour for my healing. 

Deuteronomy 6: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  9. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

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