"...distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality."
~ Romans 12:13
~ Romans 12:13
One thing I will always remember about my husbands' grandmother was her project table. When you walked into her family room, it was often sitting there, waiting to bless some one. I would get excited to see what she was up to that week. I had never known a woman that was so industrious and I was inspired!
She mended stacks of clothes which her family no longer used. She carefully replaced any missing buttons, scrubbed out any stains and washed them until they were almost new. She would mail them to faraway lands where people would use them.
She baked mounds of apricot danishes which tasted like heaven. She would call all the children and grandchildren. "Come over, I have some surprises for you." And everyone came running, excited to see her love transformed into pastries and other dainties.
Sometimes her project table was a laundry station. Her new grand-daughter-in-law and others who lived in apartments when newly married, lacked an area to do washing. Grandmother wouldn't hear of them going to the laundromat. She would say, "drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon." She had a way of saying it and we listened.
When she passed on, people would later share of the pies that were left on their porches, of handwritten cards that were sent to them during trials. I smiled for I knew where they were written, I imagined them piled in stacks, organized neatly and waiting to be stamped on that old project table.
If you were to ask me what I want to be when I am "grown up", I would say "grandmother". We are never too old to be a blessing and never too young to start...
"Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven."
~ Matthew 5:16
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