~ Andrea McCaskey
This week we look into the lives of Eunice and Lois, the mother and grandmother of Paul’s most trusted companion, Timothy. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:5 that the women had sincere faith that lived in them and he believed they must have passed it on to his friend. What an amazing legacy to leave your child – a strong, living and active faith.
When I was very young, my mother and I lived with her family. While my grandfather was a strong and present influence in the house and in our lives, he died while I was in middle school and my grandmother became a greater force in my life. During the summer, I would spend most of my time with her. What I remember about that time was how she sang as we worked around the house. I can still hear trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
My mother raised me in the same church she was raised in, Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. I sang in the children’s choir and was a member of the Young People’s Department. My mother sang in the Allegro Chorus and is a member of the Progressive Club. My grandmother was on the Mother Board and a member of the Willing Workers. We went to Sunday school and church every Sunday. Every Sunday. When I took great advantage of all the decade of the 80’s had to offer outside the church, I still got myself to church every Sunday. And even though I am 53 years old my mother still asks me every week if I went to church.
Recently, we were talking about that crazy time in my life and how it happened that I made it through without too many scars. In a sing songy voice Mama said, “You had a prayin’ grandmother.” When my behavior and choices caused my mother pain, she would take it to her prayer warrior and my grandmother would take it to the Lord. She could get a prayer through. Sometimes she would sing about taking your burdens to the Lord and leaving them there. I realize now she sang the songs I most needed to hear when I least wanted to hear them. But they landed and stuck.
Just like the family of Timothy, Eunice and Lois, there is a legacy of active faith in my life and the lives of my mother and grandmother. My grandmother trained my mother and she in turn trained me in the way I should go. Now that I am older I will not depart from it. My earnest prayer is that my husband and I are doing our best to train our children to walk with and have a strong personal relationship with the Lord.
And even though GranGran is fixing Sunday’s green beans in a pressure cooker in Heaven now, I can still hear her singing just for me. Selah…