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Wayne, Hilary & Adelaide Denny. Preparing to Serve in Leadership Training in Senegal, Africa. God has called us to take advantage of a unique window of religious freedom in Muslim Senegal by equipping church leaders who have a heart for reaching their country and the Muslim world.

We should be jealous. . . for the honour of His name – troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed. And all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given the honour and glory which are due to it.” John Stott

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A woman of whom this world was not worthy

My grandma died this past weekend at the age of 93. As she advanced in age, she lost many physical abilities and her memory worsened. However, while physical and mental abilities diminished with age, her character remained untouched. Her humility, desire to serve others, and contentment with what God had given her seemed to have become effortless.

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)


Karen said...

Well said! We have been so blessed. Grandma was so thankful that her passion for God and life [especially her humor] has been passed on to the next generations.

Mike and Christie said...

What a blessing to have such a legacy. :)

Charity said...

I only spoke to your grandma a couple times, but she definitely struck me as a godly and amazing woman. I know she will be greatly missed.

M.S. said...

What a sweet memorial Wayne. I wish I could have known her. It is women like this that I hope to be like. I hope my grandchildren know the grace of God b/c of my example. Wouldn't that be such a gift? (Megan S.)