I would often ask grandma how things were going and I never remember her complaining. And it wasn't like she was discontent with her situation and had learned to put a good face on a bad situation. She genuinely felt she had nothing to complain about. She constantly marveled at how God was continuously kind with her. She had served the Lord faithfully for decades. Yet she never viewed God's kindness as payment for her service. Her humility lead her to view every gift from the Lord as an undeserved surprise. Her relationship with the Lord never involved a paycheck, only a continuous stream of Christmas mornings all year long.
I mourn the loss of my grandma because I've lost someone special. But she is not just a loss to me. She was an example to the world of how God's grace can transform an individual such that certain virtues become not just goals, but essential expressions of their soul. Hebrews 11:38 gives a list of individuals in the past and labels them as individuals of whom this world was not worthy. My grandma is proof to me this list isn't closed.
I thank God for the incredible spiritual heritage he has given me.
Ruth Stewart (1916-2009)