I remember waking up as I laid in my hospital bed and to my surprise seeing you sitting quietly in the corner of my room. You had your head down in the book you were reading and were busy highlighting. When you finished you let me know that on your 300 mile journey to the hospital you took a detour to my house and picked up my Bible. I was encouraged as you read aloud every verse you highlighted with hope, strength and peace. I’ll never forget what you said next after you placed the Bible on my nightstand and looked into my eyes. “Phil, your grandma and I love you but most importantly your Heavenly Father loves you.” I committed those verses to memory and when I was too sick to open my eyes those verses went on an on in my head and my heart. Little did I know at the time how much God’s word would change my life and that I’d have the opportunity to see God change so many more lives in the very same way. Grandpa, Thank you for meeting me where I was in a time of great need and reminding me that God’s love has no distance.
“Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” James 4:8
I love you grandpa.