Today in church we sang the song Amazing Grace. You may or may not be familiar with the song but it is special to me. Special because it takes me back to the farm and summers that I spent there. Special because it reminds me so much of my Grandma Ruth. You see, we used to stay with Grandma Ruth (my mother's mom) when we were young. My brother and I spent many a summer on the farm in Ohio, living a different life than most of our friends here in southern California.
All I have to do is hear this music and sing these words~
"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed."
You may ask why this song? Why does this remind me of Grandma Ruth. I will tell you ... Grandma Ruth had an old piano downstairs in her front room. Grandma wasn't the best player and she probably didn't sing that great but she sure loved Jesus. Many mornings I would wake to her plucking away on her old piano singing away, "Amazing grace, that saved a wretch like me"
"Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures."
I am so lucky to have had Grandma Ruth's love and example. She wasn't perfect but she knew where her security was and she was a shining example of God's love. She lived a tough life but never stopped loving her God. I know that one day I will see her again in Heaven. I bet she is plucking away on a beautiful golden piano in the skies and I can't wait to sing with her.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.