Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Moment to be Thankful For

Do you ever find you are letting the days slip by unnoticed? I certainly have. I get so wrapped up in the daily chores, the illnesses and other challenges, the little interruptions that come along, that I forget to enjoy the moments in my day. I'm talking about those significant little events that can be easily overlooked.

I just spent over an hour sitting with my Grandma. I hadn't been to see her recently due to the illnesses in my home. Her health has faded in the past couple of weeks. When I arrived, she was in bed. I noticed right away that her bed had been replaced by a medical bed that will raise her to a sitting position, or will lift & lower her feet.

I bent down to give her a hug, and she silently hugged me back. She couldn't talk to me and didn't even try. So, I just talked to her about my family, her friends, the weather, and she held onto my hand, squeezing it tightly every couple minutes. I began to pray with her, and I heard her begin to speak. The words were jumbled, but she was praying with me. After that, we just sat and enjoyed the sun streaming in through her window. Grandma tried to tell me something, and I finally had to tell her that the medicine must be making it hard for her to talk, because I couldn't understand her. She reach out with one hand, so I leaned forward and she grabbed a piece of my hair. "Oh yes, I got my hair cut." I told her, laughing. She looked at me with a bit of a smile in her eyes. She pointed at her shoulder and nodded when I asked if she needed a back rub. I rubbed her back. I can't tell you what a joy it was to be able to do that for her.

Our time on this earth is out of our control. It feels like Grandma may be nearing the end of her journey with us, but only God knows for sure. All I know is, I treasured each minute I sat with her today. I don't want to forget that each moment is a blessing, even when it's just sitting in prayerful silence with someone we love.

4 comments:

Silver Valley Girl said...

What a beautiful and precious moment you spent with Grandma, and a wonderful memory you will cherish forever. And I'm sure you were uplifted. So good to talk to you the other night, dear friend. I love you!!

Nita Jo said...

It was a very precious time for me. I miss all the special things we used to do together. I take comfort in knowing I can be there for her, as she always has been for me. It was lovely talking to you. You bless me more than you know!

Donna said...

That will be a special moment in time that you will treasure forever. The gifts of love and time are most precious, for both the giver and the receiver. God bless your sweet grandmas.

Thank you for the swwet reminder to cherish the moments in a day.

Auntie Cake said...

Such a sweet time with your grandma. My husband is lucky enough to have his grandma still living, and we just treasure every moment with her.
Kate