Sunday, September 6, 2009

God Bless You!

God Bless You...just a few short words, yet such a blessing that I learned quite a few years ago. When Don was in Seminary, we lived with an elderly woman and took care of her. We called her "Nana." She was wonderful! She couldn't move around much by herself and she never even left her room. She was content to stay in her little world of her bedroom and walk a few times each day. I could tell that Nana had worked hard her whole life. She was the only person I've ever met who has never taken any kind of medicine in any form, her whole life and she lived to be 92! I have some favorite memories of her. She loved to sit in her chair, watch TV and eat dinner on a TV tray. She also was very disciplined about washing her hands often. But, her favorite thing to do was to clap her hands and sing while Nathan (our 15 year old, who was then 2 at the time) danced! :o) My favorite thing about Nana, was that anytime we left her room, she always said "God Bless You!" At first, I thought that was kind of odd, as I had never had anyone say that to me before as often as she did. I also took it for granted at first. But, as the days went on, I realized that was her way of blessing me for helping her and her way of saying "thank you for all you're doing." She was a very special woman and because of Nana, I now say "God Bless You" to others and it's always such a blessing to hear "God Bless You" in return. As I've grown in my faith, I realize that our focus should be on us blessing God, not on Him blessing us. However, as sentiments go, it's a good one! Thank you Nana...

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