Hey bloggers...I know it has taken a while to get something posted...without going into detail, I've had a lot going on the last few hours, and hadn't even planned on posting anything today at all. But we just came from P. Jimmie's grandmother's funeral...Sister Madge "Mom" Mayo was really a modern day saint, and a kind of icon in the Assemblies of God...I honestly have never heard anyone say anything negative about her...anyway, the service really touched me, and it caused me to want to share this e-mail that P. Jimmie sent me this morning...I texted him to tell him that I was going to post it (he's probably still at the gravesite)...I hope he won't mind...
Hey, just a quick note to say Thank You! For allowing me to take off Wednesday night, for the beautiful flowers that you sent, and for your prayers and support during this time. This week and the passing of Grandma has affected me far more than I thought it would. It's struck a different level of emotion that I didn't even know existed. There are so few "true" heros of the faith and so few "true" Christians that I've known, that it really hurts to lose someone like my Grandmother. She is the only person in my entire life that I never heard one negative thing come out of her mouth. I never heard her speak badly about anyone or anything. Now, she may have, but I as a grandson never heard it!
That's made me think! I know my kids and friends and family can't say that about me, but I realize I'll have a whole new opportunity with grandkids! (Which I hope is no time soon!) I would love for my grandkids to be able to say the same about me. Holy Spirit, help me!
There's also another level of responsibility that I've realized. That generation (Grandparents) in our family is gone. We're down a layer! Sharon and I have no more grandparents, which only leaves parents, then us! Really makes you think long and hard about the importance of family, relationships, personal responsibility and LOVE! It just hammers home the truth that nothing else matters. LOVE is the only thing that never fails and ultimately, the only thing that matters!
Which brings me to this; for whatever our relationship has been for the last 20 years, thank you! For what it will be for the next 20 years, I'm looking for more! I personally vow to try harder to work on relationships! I vow to pray more, love deeper and express my feelings better! With you, with God, with Sharon, with J5 & Britt, with my parents and sister, with friends, with everybody! I would love for people to be able to say of me, "He was a man who loved much!"
Anyway, not sure why I wrote all that, but just know how much I LOVE you and appreciate you! It's going to be a hard day, but IT IS WELL!!
Again, thank you for everything!