A Tribute

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Nana and me at my high school graduation

My Nana passed away January 22.  I was able to speak at her funeral last week.  Lots of memories were shared that day of her life, personality, experiences.  She was a wonderful grandmother that was adventurous and generous.   I wanted to post what I shared that day.  Memories of her and thoughts about her life:

Nana, as we all called her was always one ready to go on an adventure. She wasn’t one for sitting still for too long. She loved being around people. I remember bike rides, roller coasters and amusement parks, sleepovers with my friends at her house…She was always happiest when she was going.

It was only in the last few years that her body couldn’t keep up with her spirit. Even in the last times I saw and talked to her, she was wanting to get up and do things, go places. She may have been thinking about people and places from a long time agape, but she was still ready to go!  And she was READY to go into this last and eternal adventure. Paul said in 1 Cor 4:16-18

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

Nana had 2 identities: Her outer self and her inner self. Her earthly vessel and the identity that just abides in the vessel.

The inner person of Nana was raised in Christ and free of her vessel…not just this past Monday, but from the moment she put her trust in Jesus.

Her eyes were fixed on eternity. If she were here today, I know she would be telling us to not trust in our decaying earthly vessels, or all the temporal things around us that we trust in:  money, relationships, work, family… but instead to fix our eyes on the eternal. To trust in Jesus and in the things we cannot see but that we know to be true and everlasting.

We are not our bodies.

Nana lived. And I hope that every day you live, you live your life not focused on the limitations of your physical self, or trusting in things that are temporary. But that you will live your life with your eyes fixed and trusting in the eternal…trusting in Jesus and His resurrection and living your live in and through Him.

Only then will you experience life as the true adventure it is meant to be. Nana has finished her experience of the adventure of this temporal life. Monday she stepped through the veil to continue the adventure of eternity. I will miss her and the adventures we have had…but I know they aren’t over.

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Nana, Pa, and me at my college senior recital
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A Tribute

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