Franklin Five

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Table

We buried the body of my grandfather last Saturday.  As I mourned the loss of my Granddad, I felt the heaviness of my grandmother's death all over again.  I was closer to my grandmother.  Maybe it was all that we had in common: our love of cooking, crafting, teaching and our name, Jo.  And as I said goodbye to my grandfather, I said farewell to their home which housed so many of my childhood memories.  My grandparents lived just a few blocks from me, so I saw them quite often.  We went to the same church, and not many Sundays passed by that I did not get my hand squeezed from my grandmother as I said hello to her and my granddad in their familiar seats in the sanctuary.  The way her fingers felt in mine as she tightly grasped my hand in her own is a memory that lies in the forefront of my mind.  It is a fond memory that stirs up the love I know she and my granddad had for me.  All of my cousins gathered around my grandparents' table this past weekend along with my dad, aunts and uncle.  We reminisced, remembered, and recounted many happy times we were in that house and under the umbrella of Cecil and Jo's love.  I miss them both.  I appreciate the love and legacy of godliness they leave behind.  And as I sat at that table surrounded by such warmth, I saw a glimpse, just a taste of the glory and joy, the saftety and comfort we will one day know when we are all finally at Home feasting at our Father's table.

my sweet grandfather, his brother, Dewey, my cousin, Andrew, and Wesley in 2008

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body...
Philippians 3:20-21


Perpy said...

Jo, I believe you should write a book just like Christine did! You have a terrific way of expressing yourself. How beautifully did you write your thoughts from last weekend and of your remembrance of grandparents who loved you dearly. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us.

Fleming Family said...

Jo, I'm sorry that Larry and I had to be out of town when you were here for your sweet Granddad's funeral. Your Granddad was such a fine man and we will miss him. He came in Larry's store regularly and Larry always enjoyed talking with him. I'm glad he has been reunited with your precious grandmother Jo--he missed her so much.

I hope you and your family are doing well. I see from your other post that you are as tired of the winter as Christine is. I hope the sun and warmth get here soon for both of you!

Much love to you.