And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24: 15
My Aunt Benny Green was very special. A very tall striking woman with the characteristics of a beautiful Indian princess in her younger days and striking hazel eyes that twinkled when she smiled and she always smiled. Grace, you ask? Oh, she had great grace. She had “hobnobbed” with the elite of our society the leaders. She had seen and enjoyed fine things; yet she could humble herself and look you in the eye and make you proud of whatever “you” were proud of.
NOW FOR THE GOOD PART…
Aunt Benny loved God. Oh, she loved Him so much. She still does…She’s in heaven now, but before she left, she prayed for her family, her children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, anybody, everybody. When my father died; Aunt Benny came and traveled many miles to get there. She loved him so much. As she spoke about him in tears, (in a packed room that held as many people as it could until they spilled into the streets…) …she talked about seeing him in her future…in heaven and the joy she had here on earth and the joy she would have in heaven.
The language that she used that day …none of us had ever heard those words arranged that way. When the words fell from her mouth…everyone either stood up or leaned forward so that they could witness it all. As she spoke, she cried. She was hurt to have lost a loved one…but her hope and expectation was that my dad was in her tomorrow. The words carried an anointing on them (I MEAN POWER) so strong that there was not a dry eye in the place. That was almost twenty years ago; yet people still mention it today. She left a legacy of love. That love is still apparent today in my family. I wish that every family could love and appreciate each other like this…I really do. What did I learn from this….
Have you left a family legacy? If not…why not?