In sitting with Elaine yesterday, a close relative dropped by for a visit. We often recounted stories of our extended family at get-togethers. Near the conclusion of our visit, we prayed together.
As we circled around Elaine’s wheelchair and began to pray, the three of us silently recognized our own pain from combined years of tumultuous life events. We prayed for God’s help amidst our tears. Faithful ones in our family who endured many hardships vividly came to mind. By remembering those family members who had gained their reward in Heaven after surviving their own personal crises and tragedies, hope came amidst the sadness.
Through the process of suffering, it is critical to remember those of the Christian faith who have gone before us and endured dark times in their own lives. Those remembrances go far beyond our own more recent, genetic lines–reaching far back to those Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs who faithfully endured unto the end.
May God give us the grace to leave that kind of legacy to those who follow us.