I just returned from my first funeral in Santa Cruz. Amazing how much you can grow to admire a person in just a year. Jim went to be with Jesus after 85 years on this planet and the overwhelming consensus was that his was a life well-lived.
Reminded me of my maternal grandmother's life. I want to be sure her legacy continues so I thought I'd share my remarks from her funeral.
14 “For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
My maternal grandmother was not a five talent servant.
Limited financial resources.
Limited education or vocational skill.
No influence or power to speak of.
But a faithful servant makes it grow.
With her few financial resources she was frugal, creative and joy-filled.
Her skill was a heart for service that she invested in "the least of these"--the marginalized and overlooked. She became a professional caregiver.
Her only influence was with her children and she used it to introduce them to Jesus.
But in God's economy all it takes is one good investment. And this was a good one. My mother is one of those children. She has been given more talents than her mother, but she too invested wisely. Also introducing her children to Jesus. All of us (her children) have been entrusted with more--not because of anything we've done and largely because our grandmother was faithful with little.
My grandmother's life went unnoticed by most. But not by the One who mattered most--her Savior and the lover of her soul. I can hear her happy cry as Jesus smiles at her and says--
"Well done my good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness."
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