The Reyes’ have this thing with birthdays. Parent/child birthdays must coincide or be very close. Emily and Asher share a birthday. Chris and Iris are a day apart. Tom and my twins are 2 days apart. And Debbie and Granny are back to back. Once again, I have a perfect opportunity to honor and say thank you to a lady (and she is the quintessential lady) I respect very highly.
Jason’s grandmother turns 90 today. I wouldn’t have said the age, but it was already projected on a huge screen at church this past Sunday, so I figure anyone who reads this probably already saw it . Granny was born in a Christian family and has loved the Lord her entire life. She has endured trials and pain that I can’t comprehend, and yet she has consistently walked through them with grace and faith.
What I love most about Granny is that she is still following hard after God. She attends her caregroup faithfully. She hosts weekly intercession in her home every Thursday. She often participates in the women’s Bible Study, and does her homework thoroughly. In a recent conversation I had with her she shared that one goal she made for this year was to be more proactive in pursuing biblical fellowship. In her golden years she is truly growing spiritually as much as ever.
One specific area I really want to thank Granny for is her ministry to my family especially this past year as we were seeking God about Ohio, waiting for our house to sell, and then making the move here. Granny has prayed and prayed for us. Not just a passing prayer or two, but laboring in prayer over us. There have been at least two times when she has prayed through the night for us. On the first occasion we were having trouble with the sale of our home. Granny says that the Lord woke her in the middle of the night to pray for us. She prayed until the morning when she felt a release in her spirit to stop. Sure enough, the house sold within days of her prayers. More recently, after hearing we were having a difficult week, Granny woke up again and prayed through the night. Our hearts were strengthened and encouraged later that week.
I’m sure I won’t know until eternity the grace and ministry that have come from the prayers of Jason’s Granny. What a privilege to know such a godly woman. My words of honor truly fall short.
Happy Birthday, Granny!
We love you!!!