Devotions

Special Occasions with Grandma Eddie

Delivery Day • Special Occasions with Grandma Eddie
Richie Henson | Production Director

I was privileged growing up to be raised by godly people. Both of my parents loved Jesus and gave their lives to the Lord through the church in full-time ministry. Beyond my parents, I spent a great deal of my time with my Grandma Eddie. She was truly one of the kindest and godliest people I have ever known.

My Grandma Eddie loved to cook for her family and holidays were a wonderfully special time. One of the biggest holidays at Grandma Eddie’s house was Easter. She would cook ham, turkey, thirty-seven sides and fourteen pies. Not to mention all the Easter cookies and candy. To say the least, it was a huge celebration that I look back on fondly.

In 2010, while on a trip to Yosemite National Park with the sixth-grade class I was teaching, I received news that my dear Grandma Eddie had passed away. It was, and on certain occasions still is a difficult truth for me. I was so very close to her, and the loss of her love and joy in this world can be heartbreaking. However, I make sure to never relinquish her memory. I try on all occasions to tell my son how wonderful and godly his great-grandmother was.

I am especially reminded of my grandma at Easter. Many of my family members including my wife have taken up the mantle of making Easter special by recreating Grandma Eddie’s famous sugar cookies. Every time I eat one of these cookies, I am reminded of the pain of losing her, but with each savory bite, I am also reminded that Easter is a time to celebrate the realities of salvation.

My grandma spent many years of her life struggling with pain and difficulty. She survived breast cancer twice and lived many years with diabetes. Nonetheless, today, she is in Heaven, devoid of pain and instead filled with joy and the fulfillment of meeting her Jesus just as it says in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Easter is such a special occasion where we can all celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in expectation of the fulfillment of our salvation when one day we are taken to be home in Heaven. I cannot wait for the day when I get to see Grandma Eddie again, and we both can sing our praises to Jesus thanking Him for the resurrection that makes Easter so sweet.



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