Legacy

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

This scripture came to mind when we received word that Michelle’s PawPaw had passed on.

I’d add a few more qualities to the list … honesty, integrity, humility, generosity, wise steward. Oh, and a ridiculously dry and sometimes corny sense of humor. I think that also qualifies as a fruit of the spirit.

Mr. Peterson became PawPaw when Jenny was born and the title stuck. Even after Mike and I divorced he was still PawPaw and Nanny was Nanny. Their love never changed.

Like many of us there was a time before PawPaw knew the lord and surrendered his life to Him. Nanny once shared a little bit about their early marriage in hushed tones, while she prepared lunch and the men were outside. Then one day, Jesus changed his life forever.

PawPaw was no saint. He could be annoying, like calling every Sunday morning for 9 years asking if we’d come to church with him and Nanny. And he had no problem telling you what you didn’t want to hear when you’re in the wrong about something. Truth spoken in love can be a real pain in the neck when you’re not doing things God’s way.

PawPaw spent this past month in hospice care, which was a huge blessing. Although the process of his home-going has been slow and painful for the family to walk through, PawPaw was well cared for and well loved to the end of his physical life.

All this to say, PawPaw lived a long God honoring life. I have complete assurance that at exactly 5:55am today he heard those precious words “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

PawPaw, you’ll be missed here, but in Christ I know I’ll see you and Nanny again. Thank you for the seeds you planted long ago. Thank you for your prayers through the years. Thank you for the love and investment you made in your granddaughter. May your legacy of love and faithfulness go on to future generations.

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