My Great Grandma

August 19, 2008 at 10:11 am 2 comments

My grandma has been a great grandma for much more than the past 14 years. Last week, we had a family vacation with her, my parents, and my brother’s family. It was a great time spent together but I was so surprised at how much my grandma has aged in recent years. Nearing 90, she now needs help moving around and we needed to prepare food that was easy to digest for her. As I held her frail hand to help her up the stairs, I wondered how many times she must have helped me climb up the stairs 40 years ago… And I was grateful again for her presence in my life over the years.

She also prayed for one of our meals that impacted me even though I don’t understand much Korean. I understood because anyone can understand a quiet trembling voice and tears which communicate in any language. Among other things, she said: “Thank you Lord for blessing this sinner…I don’t deserve anything…but you blessed this family so much.” It was a prayer that I wholeheartedly said “Amen” to because it expressed my words and my life precisely. And with her humble prayer, that simple meal became a sacred banquet where gratitude to a great God became known.

Unfortunately, my kids didn’t understand a single word of her prayer. But I hope that they would understand this heart of my grandma one day, and the great lesson on gratitude that’s clearly understood with age.

Entry filed under: About Life, Parenting Lessons.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mom  |  August 21, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Praise the Lord!
    Thank you Lord!
    Even though in so busy schedule, God allowed us to have a very very valuable time with our four generations of family together.
    Specially thank you Susanna for preparing and serving delicious food for us during 2 nights and 3 days. Mmmm…you made Daddy’s favorite soup too! Now that soup became everybody’s favorite one.
    And thank you Kristen for making sweet and delicious chocolate cookies for us. And cleaning outside patio too.
    And thank you Taylor for playing ping pong with me even though you had to run to get the ball which I threw out too far.
    And thank you Joong for sharing your times in middle of busy schedule as pastor preparing sermon, teaching bible, building, cleaning, etc.

    Thank you Lord for blessing us specially so we can call You “Our Father” and thank you Lord for your “call to believe You” and “call to worship You,” and “call to serve You.”
    I am praying that our Father bless our family generation to generation can have these blessings. Amen!

  • 2. joongwlee  |  August 27, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Hi Mom,
    It was great spending time together but it was too short! Hopefully next year, we can spend more time, especially with the kids growing up so fast…
    Thank you for your prayers for us!


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