Few things in life can fully capture the impact a loved one can have on us. For me, my grandparents held a very special place in my heart as they were instrumental in my life from the time I was born. While both my grandfathers passed away many years ago, the first of my two cherished grandmothers passed away last week.
I walk the line in my emotions of being so grateful to have so many wonderful years with her (91) and wishing there were more years to be had. My dearest Lala, you ran the race and finished well–with grace, kindness, and a sincere love for others. I already miss you more than you will ever know.
Gift of You
The tender touch and loving spoken word–
the utmost care and thoughtful note;
the life well-lived speaks for itself
through those well-loved and left behind.
The sadness will fade, in time, yet
the memories will remain fresh;
the way you touched my life,
the times you held me close
and shared your deepest thoughts.
These are the last days–
yet, I will remember you
in my childhood eye;
the way in which I look back
and see all that I have become–
in part because of who you’ve been to me.
Nothing can subtract
from what you have added;
nothing can compare
with the joy of your touch and voice.
I already feel the longing,
but know now that you’re free;
each day you were here with us–
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. Raised in a fourth-generation family of Christian Scientists, Lauren Hunter left her family’s faith behind at the age of 25 to become an evangelical Christian. She is also the founder of ChurchTechToday, a leading website for pastors and church leaders. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ.