Today is my mother’s birthday. She is 88 years old.
We have a grandson, Daniel, who is 5 and the first thing he asks someone after he meets them is “How old are you?” He will then analyze this newly acquired data. He looks very serious as he is pondering a person’s age.
I was thinking about the fact that in our culture, people are proud of their age when they are young, NOT so proud of their age during their middle-aged years, and then proud once again as they reach their 80’s and beyond.
Why is this?
- children want to get older, be bigger, so each birthday is a milestone
- our culture values youth, so a person in middle age may not want their age known
- after 80, people are proud or thankful they have lived that long so their age is something to be pleased about
The women in my family live long lives. When I was in high school in the 1960’s I had three great-grandmothers living, each who were in their 90’s. My mother’s mother lived to be 95.
I knew each of these great-grandmothers and grandmothers except for my maternal grandmother’s mother who lived in Sweden. I never met her.
Of all the many wonderful qualities that my mother, my grandmothers, and my great-grandmothers had – their love for God and their faith in Jesus Christ is the quality that means the most to me. I knew the love they had for me came from the love they had received from the Lord.
What a legacy of faith!
Of all the many things my mother and grandmothers did for me – praying for me is of the utmost value. I am so thankful to have a mother that STILL prays for me.
Paul says to Timothy who he was discipling the faith – II Timothy 1:3-6 NLT
3 Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.
5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.
Paul mentions the spiritual heritage that Timothy had from his mother and grandmother.
This is the legacy we can leave as well – one of praying for our children and grandchildren. I am so thankful for my praying grandmothers.
Thank you , Mom, for continuing to pray for me even as you reach your 88th year.
This is the legacy I want to leave my children and grandchildren – one of faith and prayer.
My friend Janice recently gave me the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. It shares the powerful impact that serious, specific, and strategic prayer can have.
May we build a legacy of faith.