Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6 (KJV)
Today has been quite a journey. My family and I were awoken in the wee hours of the morning to the news that my grandmother, Rita had passed away. She had been admitted to the hospital on Monday and we’d been told that she was very ill so the outlook from the doctors wasn’t good.
As her passing was today (14th September), I thought I’d share 14 Lessons that I Learnt from Rita’s Life & Legacy.
- Keep God centre- My grandmother was a Christian and I was fortunate to see the impact of her daily commitment to God
- Serve God gladly- Rita was a very active member of her church and involved in several activities/ministries before her declining health caused her to remain at home
- Love & take care of family & friends- Ma (as we called her) loved & supported her family in various ways and that also extended to her neighbours and friends
- Work earnestly- My best memory of this was when my gran visited on Saturdays to work the ground around our house even after tending to her environs during the week. I remember being surprised on multiple occasions at what she accomplished in just over half a day by us.
- Never give up- During her illness, Ma surprised doctors many times by rallying on, causing them to call her a miracle
- Seek encouragement- When I visited, Rita would usually have me read one of her favourite Psalms to her and she would join in with me finishing verses as I read
- Look smart- When attending different functions, my grandmother was sure to be decked out. I remember her coming to say goodbye if I was visiting and letting me see the outfit she had chosen for the particular function
- Make time for what you enjoy- Ma loved gardening and working outdoors and this was a staple in her routine. She also loved the Lord and made sure to arrange her time so she could serve at her church
- Be kind & cultivate generosity- Over the years, I was privileged to see my gran share with and give various items to family, friends and those in need
- Be friendly- Rita was usually seen with a smile on her face so it was not surprising to see that she had several friends
- Be courageous- Ma displayed courage time and time again especially during her illness as she experienced health challenges
- Ask for help- I remember my grandmother had to give a speech and she recruited help from other family members to ensure that the finished version was her best.
- Make time for fun & laughter- There were always lighthearted moments in the mix with Rita as we laughed with her about different anecdotes and circumstances that unfolded
- Let peace rule in your heart- Even during the extended period of Ma’s sickness, she always had a pleasant demeanor. Her circumstances did not dictate her attitude
I’m grateful for these life lessons. I know that I will reflect on them as I fondly remember Ma and continue to incorporate them in my life.
You loved, you laughed,
You cared, you shared,
Because of you we’re not the same
And in our hearts you’ll always remain.
‘Til we meet again…
A Tribute to:
Rita Phillips- 4th December, 1929- 14th September, 2018
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