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Her Legacy lives on… May 26, 2010

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Today, May 26th 2010, would’ve been my birthmom’s 56th birthday. I miss her so much, though during the years she was living as my mom, I was very young and don’t have lots of memories to hang on to. She passed away when I was 6. Only through some scattered stories and pictures over the years, have I gotten to know little bits of who she was. I have always wished that I knew her better and remembered her more.

It’s been over 4 years now since I’ve been saved, and really ever since then, my mom’s life/death has laid heavily on my heart. At least 3 years ago I began praying for clarity and opportunity to know more about who she was. I never knew exactly how that might all work out, but I kept on praying. Well, I am so delighted to give thanks and praise to my faithful Lord, who hears my prayers. Over the last couple of years, I have found her! Through stories, pictures, audio tracks of her speaking,  and her own writings, I have come into the knowledge of who Linda Jane Granger really was, and Who she belongs to. She was (and is) my sister in Christ! The Lord has blessed me with confirmation after confirmation that she was indeed saved by Grace–something I never knew for certain, and never would’ve truly been able to appreciate until I was in the faith. I believe the Lord knew all of that, and has been so merciful to lift the veil for me in so many ways. One of the gifts from God through all of this just came to me at Christmas (of 2009). My dad gave my sisters and I some cd’s that he put together. One of them was the audio of their wedding. Listening to the way my mom spoke of Jesus immediately brought joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. There is just no doubt how deeply she loved Him. Her desire to be a godly, submissive wife was obvious. It was all so precious…truly a gift directly from the Lord, and another answer to prayer for confirmation of her saving faith. I can now rejoice over her life and over her death, because I know I will see her again. It’s not important to me to have all the “why’s” of her life/death answered anymore. It’s not important to me to understand why she might have done certain “things” wrong. You know why? Because, “no one is good, not even one” and “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Rom 3:10, 23. So of course she was a sinner, just like you and me. But she was saved by Grace, and is eternally in her state of glorification with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

And her legacy lives on. Now being a mother myself, I know what it’s like to have that deep desire for your children to be saved. I am sure she prayed for our salvation, just like I do over my children’s heads each night. Though she never was living on earth to see salvation take place for me, the Lord was faithful to her prayers too. And now I can say (with confidence), that I am a lot like my mom, and to me, that is exciting and joyful. I am thankful for these little nuggets of knowledge the Lord has allowed me to know, and I praise God continually for saving her, and for saving me. Today, I celebrate a wonderful woman. A woman who may have worn many hats, some of which were: mother, wife, daughter, sister, chef, poet. But those hats simply cannot compare to her greatest “title” and greatest joy…she was a daughter to the King of Kings, a disciple and teller of the Good News, and an heir to His eternal kingdom. I love you mom, and celebrate your life on earth, and your new life in Christ. I can’t wait to see you again!