Grandma

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.  – Marcy DeMaree

Meditation: My daughters love my mother, their grandmother. She is the only grandparent they have ever known, as their grandfathers died before they were born and their African grandmother lived too far away. When they were little their grandma would travel to the US for at least three months each year to get to know, love and care for them. As they are now teenagers and “Oma” can’t travel anymore, my daughters now travel every year to Germany to be with her. The past two weeks we stayed in my hometown and showed up at Oma’s apartment each morning greeted by a lovingly prepared breakfast table and left late in the evening after a delicious German dinner and much game playing. We felt awaited, loved and cared for. Even though “Oma” is walking with difficulty, and she has worries about her eye sight, she would generously give and share all she has with us. Leaving her today, we felt sad. And yet, visiting “Oma” at least once a year makes our year complete. We all wish we did not live on different continents, so that we could complete each other’s days and not each other’s years. And yet we are grateful for these special days. They keep us connected.

Prayer: God of generations, we give thanks for the love of grandmothers. For the generosity and love that emanates from their care. Thank you for times of togetherness, for game playing, storytelling and laughter. Thank you for everybody’s effort to bridge cultural and language differences. Thank you for German potatoes, bread and chocolate and for the beautiful landscapes and for sunny days. Thank you for much love expressed and for new memories made. Amen

‘Honor your father and mother’ — which is the first commandment with a promise — ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'” Ephesians 6:2-3