Loving to the End

“Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (John 13.1)

As I write this, my Grandma McPeak’s life in this world is coming to a close. Having lived with faith in Christ, she knows that death is not the end. Soon, she will be fully embraced in the loving arms of her Savior forever.

How do we face the aging, the dying, the death of loved ones? Jesus shows us the best way. Never stop caring. Never stop serving. Never stop loving.

My uncle Geoff is the one I look to, the one we all look to, to show us how to love “to the end.” Geoff devoted his life to care for her, to make sure her last years had purpose, joy, and comfort. Geoff made it possible for Grandma to stay home where she was queen of the castle, the queen mother, queen grandmother,…

Geoff saw that Grandma had care providers like Gladys who not only met her physical needs, but became like beloved family. Gladys, you helped Grandma immeasurably by listening to her stories, keeping her house clean, and baking her sweets. Especially baking her sweets.

Grandma McPeak, thank you for your life, your love, your smile, your faith. Especially your faith.

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