My “Nanny” passed away October 15th, just a few months short of her 92nd birthday.
I wish you’d known her.
Trust me. You’d be a better person for it.
She grew up unwanted by her family and regarded as a burden to those who agreed to take care of her. With few exceptions, her childhood was painful. But because of her relationship with Jesus, she was able to break countless generational curses and instead create countless generational blessings for our family.
She was a loving mother, wife and grandmother even though these roles were never modeled for her.
Last weekend, I was privileged to give the following eulogy at her funeral. What an honor to share my Nanny with those in attendance.
Would you indulge me as I share her with you… too?
My grandmother was a simple person.
She didn’t worry about fancy clothes… but the ones she had always suited her well.
She didn’t have the latest hairstyle or spend hours applying make-up… but she had the sweetest smile that lit up her whole face.
She didn’t have a fancy house… but you could always smell something yummy in the kitchen.
She didn’t drive the coolest cars… but she delivered a lot of home-cooked meals to those who were in need.
She wasn’t a concert pianist… but when she played the piano and sang she filled the room with beauty.
She didn’t travel the world… but she loved all of God’s people and generously supported mission work across the globe.
She didn’t spend her time trying to make a name for herself… but instead served and volunteered selflessly whenever she could.
Mary McCreless knew better than to get caught up in what the world said was important.
She lived “simply.”
She simply loved her family… her church… her Creator… her friends.
My grandmother didn’t need the best… she didn’t need the newest… didn’t need the most expensive.
She was the most happy and the most content when she was simply surrounded by her family.
I remember her as far back as my memory goes. We’ve always had such a special connection.
When I hurt, she would say two words that I’ve come to love… “Ah, Honey.”
When I pulled off a prank on her (which was often), she would tell me to “go butt a stump.”
When I told a joke she didn’t understand, she’d laugh anyway.
I will miss her…
I’m so glad I was a part of her life. I’m so thankful that our relationship was so special. I’m a better person because of her influence in my life.
I cling to the hope that she will greet me at the doors of heaven one day with a fresh loaf of zucchini bread (my favorite), and I will run into her arms and she will hug me tightly and say, “Ah, honey.”
I love you, Nanny.
Thank you for allowing me to share those words with you.
My hope is that you have someone in your life that is just as special. Someone who relentlessly encourages and affirms you. A person who loves you… stumbles, fumbles and all.
Friends, take notes.
Because one day it will be your turn to be that light for another.
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