Inspired By Obedience

She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches out her hands to the needy. (Proverbs 31:20)  

My grandmother loved Jesus, not just with her words, but with her life.  When she wasn’t caring for her home, she was caring for the church.  She was one of those women who was there, serving faithfully, every time the church doors were open.  She played a variety of musical instruments in the “Sacred Chords” (our tiny church’s tiny “orchestra”), led the church choirs (both youth and adult), ministered to the nursing homes when it was our church’s Sunday to do so, and never missed a beat making sure her cupboards were stocked and the cookie jar was full!  Yet when I think about how Grammy served her Savior, it’s not the church functions or her loving home that taught me the most.  It wasn’t her love for her family and friends – it was her love for strangers.  One summer, a small child tragically drowned in our local lake.  My grandmother mailed them a card, writing inside that she was praying for them.  I asked her if she knew them, and she said, “No, but God does.”  This was not the first or last time she reached out in Jesus’ name.  My mother told me it was something Grammy had done for years.  She would read an obituary, or maybe a sad story in the newspaper, and if the address was available (i.e.: she looked in the phone book), she’d sent a note, a card, a word of encouragement.  In the midst of being the kind of woman who never missed a family member’s birthday or anniversary, she never missed the chance to show Christ’s love to the needy.  Geraldine “Geri” Rote had the gift of encouragement, and she did not hide her light under a bushel.  When I think of the Proverbs 31 woman, I think of her.  She was definitely a woman who said “yes” to God!  I have no doubt that when she arrived in Heaven, God held out His arms and said, “well done, good and faithful servant!”

Me with my grandparents, Bob & Geri, June 1988grammygrampygrad



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