Saturday, July 02, 2011
Today is a special day to me personally. My grandmother (on my mom's side) would be 89 today if she were still alive. While I was quite close to both sets of grandparents, she and i shared a special bond over the years that we knew each other. Every summer our family would travel to the small town of Winnsboro, Texas to spend a couple of weeks with her and my grandpa.
There wasn't much for a young adolescent to do in this small town, and since we almost always went in July when the heat in Northeast Texas is near unbearable, a lot of our time there was spent in her house. Often I would bring books to read to help pass the time. One time when I was there, she gave me a book to read that she had purchased from a speaker who came to her church. The book was entitled "Tortured for Christ" by Dr. Richard Wurmbrand.
I read the book in a matter of hours and my life has never been the same. I would have to say that this book along with "Why Revival Tarries" by Leonard Ravenhill has had more impact upon my faith than any other book except the Bible.
My grandmother was not a perfect woman. She had made many mistakes in her life, like most of us. However, her greatest passion was that others would know this Jesus who had transformed her life. So in honor of her birthday today, I am reminded of how thankful I am for her legacy of faith that I am seeking to share with those whom God brings into my path.