It’s now spring (let’s see if the weather catches up with the season.) Since early January Virginia, your A.W.O.L. Blogger, has been a bit occupied with Other Things. After enduring a severe two week bronchial infection, a week in the hospital for heart failure, a 10 day stomach virus, and then a deadly urinary tract infection, Virginia’s dear Papa went to rest in the Everlasting Arms of God on March 8, 2014.
Although attempting to write about it yesterday went bust, my sister brought over a program from Papa’s 65th Birthday celebration that included a prayer I wrote while working overseas. Even after 18 years, it’s a prayer close to my heart today…
Oh God, I come before You on my knees with a special prayer of thanksgiving for Mama and Daddy. My heart is overwhelmed with gratefulness for so many things, it is hard to know where to even begin, but I do thank You for their life and dreams together as one. Together, through Your love, they have dreamed the impossible. Indeed, they are still living what might seem to the outside eye incredibly impossible. They have passed Your light from their hearts to ours. They have given us a gift – the gift of life – that will continue even as they pass into Your Kingdom. That thought fills me with peace to know the legacy of Your love in them will continue in us and all those touched by Your love through them.
Daddy’s words and teachings live on in us, because he taught us Your principles through his life and in our lives. “God loves you anyway… I love you anyway… I can’t but He can…” So many times Daddy loved us anyway when we struggled to face the storms along the paths of our lives. So many times he persevered when the dark clouds loomed into his life. Seeing him now filled with so much love and enthusiasm for Your Words, even though he can barely move, is the greatest testimony of Your life in him – to Your grace and power surging through him to me, to us, to others.
Mama’s love and deeds, which reflect Your person in the mirror of her soul, continue in us. Her love for You and Papa is amazing – she and Papa are the ultimate team, the ultimate unit of one, so that sometimes it’s hard to see where one ends and the other begins. For her servant’s heart of hope and powerful faith, I come before You humble and grateful.
Mama & Papa’s dreams – with our family, with the Virginia Beach Community Chapel, with the move to Williamsburg and the Chapel there, with the Mini Bible College – what realities!
Mama & Papa’s life and dreams are like many seeds, planted when we were young, that have grown as we have matured into servants of Your Kingdom. What a legacy, far more valuable than silver or gold! For they have instilled in us the gift of Your love and life.
Oh Lord Jesus, I am so grateful, so VERY grateful for Your grace to me through them. Such light, it blinds the eye, yet is so real through laughter and all that is human as well.
Oh, how I love them and am grateful for them.
Oh Lord, I thank You.
“Ginny Lea” Woodward
Bethlehem (October 6, 1995)