5 a.m. at the hospital

The technician has just come in to do a routine blood pressure check on Grandma and take her temperature. We were both awake when she came in.

Grandma and I have been chatting for the last hour or so. It turns out that we have something unexpected in common. Our family never tells us anything. Somehow it makes me feel better that they forget to let her know things as often as they forget to tell me. (Mom, are you reading this?)

Anyway, since Mom K. asked what Grandma’s favorite bible verse was, I asked her. John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled…”

She also mentioned Proverb 3:5-6 and told me a story I’d never heard. I’ll see if I can remember it.

Shortly after my Aunt Gen and Uncle Marvin got married, Aunt Gen had a thyroid problem and they had to operate. They were worried that they would have to take her voice box. Grandma remembers the doctor saying that he prayed during the whole operation that he wouldn’t have to do that. As Grandma was coming home, one of her neighbors told her to read Proverbs 3: 5-6 and that ever since then she’s taken it as her own verse.

She also starts every morning with “This is the day that the Lord hath made,” from Psalms. To paraphrase, she says that it reminds her that we need all the seasons.

I’m supposed to tell Mom that we had church this morning.

It looks like Grandma has dropped off to sleep again, so I’m going to try for a little more shut eye myself.

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2 Responses

  1. C. E. Bollinger

    I have something in common with your grandmother too. I’ve been starting my day with the same passage since I learned it in church camp at age 10. It seemed right then, and ever since, to remind myself to be grateful for every day. I tend to do my recitation in the front garden as the sun comes up.

    All my best to your grandmother, Mary.

  2. momk

    Bless you Mary. Grandmother’s Scripture choices
    say so much about her. With her strength of character
    and serenity of soul; grandmother personifies the Valiant
    Woman described in Proverbs 31:10-31 – which concludes
    with these words, “She deserves the respect of everyone.”
    ~ (Good News Bible)

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