Articles for July 2013

A Grand Plan

ellie on a string

A few weeks back I noticed an elderly gentleman walking with a substantial limp. One leg remained straight instead of bending at the knee. Following close behind him was his grandson, matching his stride as closely as possible. Left knee bent, right leg straight. Left knee bent, right let straight.

A few days later I watched a similar scene unfold. A grandmother was walking a bit slowly down the sidewalk. Her grandson who was happy to be with her but could easily have walked much faster, slowed down and met her stride for stride sticking close by her side. What I loved about this particular scene was that his own pace took him past his grandmother for a split second before he instinctively settled in to her rhythm. No need to rush. Just be with.

In anticipation of our first grandchild, many have told Phillip and me that there is nothing greater in all the world. I have to admit that it’s hard for me to imagine loving Ellie even more deeply than I love her Daddy and her Aunt Jenna. In fact, just the thought of a love that grand brings joyful tears but a tiny bit of trepidation as well. Can my heart hold that much love?

Perhaps it’s not that the depth or breadth or intensity of the love of a grandparent is more or less than that of a parent. Maybe it’s more about the pace and space of that love. I remember when my kids were young and would visit my parents during the summer. My mom would spend hours with them planting flowers or choosing beads for a creative project. Tyler spent two summers working with my Dad and spent every lunch break hearing countless stories of the family’s history. Many stories I had never heard myself. Poppy and Granna are never too busy to spend time with the grand-kids. Quality time. Immeasurable blessings. Honor and respect flowing between and among and through hearts full of boundless love, connecting generation to generation.

My family has a special gift. The gift of faith in a creator who continuously showers us with love and mercy. It is His love that shines through us all and unites us as one. It is His love that will continue to strengthen us as we honor the precious spirit of our new arrival. Thank you, God, for Ellie Jaclyn. Thank you for your grace which fills our hearts and souls and spirits with all the love we will ever need.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

With my Whole Heart,

Jeanye aka Manna