i've tried to write this post a few times and nothing comes out right - and even today it might not, but i'm going to try.
When i was in France, the wife of the family for which i was an au pair grew up in the general location where we lived. Her parents worked and lived in France for about 35 yrs or so and truly loved the country and people. Her mother died on Friday and the funeral is tomorrow. i wish i could go, but cannot because of work schedule, etc. i wish i could go not only because i love the family but the woman "Grandma" was a special person, a good and godly woman, a woman who had a great sense of humor but also a sense of humility.
And this is where i'm having trouble - how do you put into mere words all that someone is or was to you? How do you honor them with your words when they were so much bigger?
i don't know. i know that she is no longer in pain, that she is with Jesus in Heaven, that she has left behind many who will remember her and love her and will miss her terribly. Her husband will also suffer her loss, though i'm sure he's relieved that she is no longer suffering.
Proverbs 31 talks about such a lady as Grandma - and this phrase clarifies how i feel:
"Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her."
Rest in peace, dear one. You will be missed but you touched lives in ways that perhaps you could not imagine.