She Loved Like Jesus

John 13:35

At the age of nine, I learned about Jesus from my Granny Bea. As a child who had known how it felt NOT to be loved or wanted, my Granny Bea was a huge shock and salve to my fragile little heart.

She was the one person in my young life who totally and completely loved me with no reservation. There wasn’t a thing I could do to lose her love or earn her love.

Much like Jesus’ love.

She just loved me.

Just because I was me.

Just because she loved Jesus.

What a heady and lovely feeling to know another person exists in the world who feels that way about you.

Her kind of love hadn’t entered my world prior to the week before I turned nine. That was the week we finally made it Granny and Papa’s house after a long drive in a Uhaul halfway across the country.

Granny grabbed me and pulled me into her extremely generous bosom and hugged me so fiercely. I’d never been hugged that way before and fear I never will again.

A southern lady to the core. She got her hair done every week. She played bridge.

She had a garden of okra and tomatoes. Corn bread or pinto beans were an essential at most meals. Buttermilk was always in her fridge…and nobody, nobody in this world could make a peach cobbler like my Granny. 

She passed more than thirty years ago and the loss of having her in my life has been great. 

Her presence shaped the woman I eventually became…and continue to try to be.

And her absence created a vacuum that took took decades for me to escape.

She was my guidepost in life, the one person I didn’t want to fail or hurt.

I miss her every single day.

Every day.

Yet I know I will see her again.

Granny Bea introduced me to Christ and that was the greatest act of love she could ever give.

I pray I show that love to the people in my life.

I pray when I am gone from this world to the next, others can point to the source of my love, Christ.

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Thank you, Granny Bea, for showing a hurting, scared little girl she was worthy of being loved.

Thank you, Granny Bea for showing her Christ.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:35

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Jennifer April 4, 2018 at 11:49 am Reply

    I am sure she is proud of the woman you have become. Thank you for sharing this beautiful love with us.

    • AlyndaLong April 4, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply

      Jennifer, thank you so much! I hope she would be proud of the changes I’ve made. There was a very long period of my life where she would NOT have been proud, but God chases us down with His reckless love!

  • Dana Davis April 4, 2018 at 12:20 pm Reply

    Sweet, sweet anecdote.

    • AlyndaLong April 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Dana!

  • Lilah April 4, 2018 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Beautiful inspirational store thank you for sharing!!

    • AlyndaLong April 5, 2018 at 3:31 am Reply

      Thank you so much, Lilah!

  • Heather Cortes April 5, 2018 at 1:31 pm Reply

    I am so thankful that you had Granny Bea in your life! Now heres the challenge! Let us all share Christ’s love and be that Granny Bea for a neighbor,friend,coworker, spouse,child or any passerby! The Jesus in me may be the only one they see!

    • AlyndaLong April 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm Reply

      I love this so much, Heather! I am going to remember that! The Jesus in me may be the only one they see!! So blessed by you!

  • Carolyn April 8, 2018 at 3:08 am Reply

    Oh, how beautiful! I bet she is incredibly proud of you!

    • AlyndaLong April 8, 2018 at 5:30 am Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn!

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