Monday, March 31, 2008

A Need to be Needed

Elderly woman sitting alone by open window
image courtesy of Allposters

Grandma broke down and cried today. She was trying to change a light bulb and was so short of breath that she had to sit. I told her that I would be glad to help her, and she got teary. She said that it's so frustrating to want to be able to do things, and to not be able to do them. I wrapped my arms around her, and held her close. I told her that I loved her and that she was here for a reason. We are here to help her do whatever she needs.

I sat. I rubbed lotion on her feet, that I'm sure seemed like ointment on a wound. I lovingly put her stockings on her, and replaced the shoes on her feet. I served Christ by serving her.

I sat. We talked. I didn't do laundry, or make my bed, but I served, none the less. She needed me. By lunch time, she was fine. Chatting and joking, and feeling much better.

I prayed about Grandma this afternoon. What can she do? She needs something! AHA!!!!

I asked Autumn to take a large crochet hook and a ball of yarn into Grandma's room this evening. I asked her to tell Grandma that if she were willing to learn, she could make a baby blanket that could be donated to Project Linus. I thought she might resist, but she didn't! I was so happy!

She worked on a chain, and then started working into the chain. We chatted while she worked, and she seemed so happy! A purpose! Grandma has always enjoyed helping others, and she loves babies! She had to stop after while because her hands were cramping, but she seemed excited to be able to participate in something that the girls and I have been doing.

Praise the Lord for answered prayer!

1 Timothy 5:3-8

  • 3.
  • Honor widows who are truly widows.
  • 4.
  • But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.
  • 5.
  • She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day,
  • 6.
  • but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
  • 7.
  • Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach.
  • 8.
  • But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.


Cyndy said...

This is just a beautiful example of honoring and loving...thank you for sharing your story.

randi---i have to say said...

It is so important for people to be "needed", and I it is wonderful that grandma is making a blanket for some one who will cherish it.

This is a precious post, Tracy.

His Girl said...

what a beautiful post... girl, I'm liking you more and more all the time... glad I 'found' you..or you me.. or whatever! you are one awesome chica!

Tracy said...

What a great opportunity to show Jesus you love Him by taking care of your Grandma (who you also love!) I am glad you have such understanding and are willing to give your time. What a great thing you have found for her to do, I am sure she will enjoy it!

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful post-and a beautiful woman you are!

Not only did you serve her by addressing her need for comfort and love, but also you found ways to get her to feel important again! GREAT job! You are an inspiration, Tracy!

Mimi said...

what a wonderful way to make Grandma feel needed...
and what a way to honor her by rubbing lotion on her feet and soothing her feelings on uselessness...
that is the worst part of growing old...and you have made her feel better...

Terri & Crew said...

Tracy, that is such a beautiful way to honor your grandmother. Giving her a purpose is a blessed gift!

Beck said...

This is a gorgeous post, Tracy - and how wise you were to find a way to meet your grandmother's needs.

Karen said...

Your Grandma is truly blessed. :o)

Momma Roar said...

What wonderful treasured moments for you to share with your grandma and for Autumn to share with her as well! :)

Lisa said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing this.God Bless you for your devotion to your grandma.

Toni said...

Thank you for sharing this story!You are truly an example of Christ like selflessness!!Have a blessed day!I linked you to my blog so I could come back and visit again!!Have a blessed day!!

jane said...

Pure loveliness and fulfillment in action. What a sweet way to bring this to your grandmother. I'm sure she was/is/will be, a changed lady. :o)

Daughter of the King said...

Oh this is a treasure of a post (unlike mine today,hehe)
I love this story.
When you have something that changes your life and abilities on a day to day thing, it is ahrd to feel useful or that you are accomplishing anything.
I hope you show us this blanket.
What a sweet caring woman you are.

Penless Thoughts said...

You are a treasure, Tracy :o) Oh that everyone had someone like to around.

Stacie said...

Hi Mrs. K,

I will be praying for grandma!

Jodi said...

What a beautiful post. There is such frustration in losing one's ability to be independent and be the one doing for others. It can be very humbling to accept help - especially for things once nimble fingers found easy. I'm so glad the Lord placed Project Linus on your heart as a means to involve your Grandma in service. God is so faithful. I pray it brings her much joy.