Planting Seeds, Pulling Weeds, and Joining in the Feast

Grandma, you have planted seeds of faith in so many by what you have said and done. People in the family. People in the nursing home. People at church. You have pulled weeds, straightening us up when we misbehaved, showing us how best to live and grow in the faith of the Lord.

As you know, not all seeds we plant produce good plants. We can’t cause a plant to grow, can we? We can’t make it rain. We can’t bring out the sun. The best we can do is plant the seeds, pull the weeds, and join in the harvest. And can, of course. Plenty of canning, right Grandma?

Grandma, you have worked hard in God’s fields. In many ways, this has worn you out. But it hasn’t kept you from being faithful. You have now lived to a ripe, old age. Soon, Jesus will greet you at the gate of heaven with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Thanks to Jesus, God shares the harvest with us. We no longer have to work the fields. We join in the feast. God prepares the meal and serves us at the table of grace. Just as you served countless meals for family here at this table,  Jesus serves you with the bread of heaven, the cup of salvation.

Grandma, you and Grandpa built this house with your own hands. It has stood the test of time, providing a home for so many of us. It has remained sturdy and strong.

Soon, you  will live in a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. You will have a new, spiritual body. No more aches and pains. The weariness of getting older will pass away. You will be forever young.

Jesus has prepared a place for you in heaven, Grandma. When the time comes, we hope to see you there.


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