For Everything There Is A Season // a poem

Friday, January 8, 2016





"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace." ~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8






    Hey, lovely people! Today I want to share something that is very personal. (For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, you probably won't know about this. But if you do & you sent words of comfort and encouragement this week, thank you.)
   
   This Sunday, my great-grandmother passed away in her sleep, due to a heart-attack. She went quietly, with no pain. And it was a total shock for our family. She was in good health & was as sassy and spry as they come! (I get some of my sass from her, I expect.) So none of us were quite prepared for God to call her home like He did. And honestly, I don't think we ever would have been.

   My great-grandmother was a devout Christian woman, full of Hold Spirit & exuding love at every turn. She lived to the ripe old age of 85 (but would have been 86 yesterday.) She was over-the-top-full of life, pep, and sass as you could possibly imagine, and this fact made her unbelievably young for her age! 
   She was one of the main reasons I love reading & writing. Her literary talents included, but were not limited to poetry, short-stories, & newspaper articles... She encouraged my dream to be a writer from the very beginning. The stories she could tell me from her childhood days were amazing! (She was born in the 30's.) The pictures she could show me from her black-and-white photo albums were a treasure-trove. And each one had a special tale behind it. My appetite for good stories was whetted.
   The time that she spent with me made learning fun! (Scrabble games were a family tradition, crossword puzzles were a common past-time at her house, letter-writing was an art we all practiced, and reading/collecting books was an addictive hobby.)
   In short, I would not be who I am today were it not for "G'ma" Mable. This blog might have never started had she not been the encouragement that she was to me. I consider myself insanely blessed to be able to say that I knew her and had a relationship with her. Not many teenagers can say that about their great-grandmothers & talk about how much of an impact they have had on their lives.


   My point is, I am sad but at the same time I am glad for her. My heart hurts, but my spirit sings. My flesh weeps for this precious woman, but the Holy Spirit comforts me with assurances that she is happy to be with Jesus. It is a difficult thing to work through. However, during this time of grief, I am reminded that it is a season like anything else. I find comfort in the words, "for everything there is a season..." This pain will not last forever. It is for a season.
   Yes, it hurts right now, but one day we will meet again. Yes, it is hard to smile right now, but soon it will be easy again. And yes, it is hard to think of G'ma without tears right now, but one day I will be strong enough to not weep for her. He who gives me strength will heal my hurts and build me up stronger than ever before.

   Do not overlook the season you are currently enduring. Whether it be one of pain, of joy, one of sadness, of excitement, or of simply waiting--take the time to praise the God of the universe for being by your side through it all. He knows what you are going through, and He sees your heart. He is a Father who takes joy in His children, smiling when they smile & holding them up when they cry. Through it all, He has your best interest in mind. ("And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." ~Romans 8:28) And remember, He is always with you through all of the up's & the down's...


   Now, in honor of my great-grandma's life, I wrote a poem about her. She continues to be an inspiration for me both in my life & in my writing. It is amazing how quickly the words come to you when your heart is full. This poem was finished under 15 minutes, but I think it helps to give you an idea about who she was to me! I praise God for her, I thank Him for her life, and I rejoice that she is in heaven with her Creator...




"A Poem for My Great-Grandmother."


A heart of gold and hair of silver...
Her gray eyes, how they glittered. 
On special days, poems she gave. 
Her little letters I now save. 
She gave to me memories sweet.
And in my head, I'll always keep
The stories she once told to me
About her life and family.
Goodbye for now, we'll meet again
In the blessed promised land.
I miss you Grandma, your gentle hands, 
Your soft words, & loving glance.
But your story will live on,
I won't forget your heart's sweet song.




                 








    
     Do you have someone special who influenced your life? Who inspires you? Did you have the chance to know your great-grandmother? Tell me in the comments below & share these special stories about your special people... 






Currently Reading: The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Just Finished: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Listening to: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling via Audible.com


   








12 comments :

  1. It's wonderful that you were so close with your great-grandmother. I'm so sorry for your loss! She sounds like an absolutely lovely person. Beautiful poem, Hannah!

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    1. Hey, Ally! :) Thank you for reading. Yes, I am so blessed to have known her... She was amazing! :D

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  2. This post made me cry, My great grandmother passed away in much the same way. She had a very positive impact on my life, but I was too young to be fully of appreciative of her. I'm glad we both have peace knowing they're in heaven.

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    1. Heya, Skye! :) Aww... Special people who make a positive impact on you are the best. And sadly, most of us don't realize just how much they mean to us until they are gone. It's great that you can see how big a blessing she was too you though! Having peace in where they are is a great comfort. <3

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  3. Aw, I'm really sorry for your loss! I know that losing someone you were close to and admired is really hard. That's a beautiful poem you have written ♥

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    1. Hiya, Opal! :) Aww... Thanks for reading. It is difficult, but I know GOD's got me & has her as well! Like I said, this momentary pain will eventually fade and things will get easier. Getting the feelings out with words is helping. Hence the poem. I'm just glad He gives us various ways to express ourselves! <3

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I am so encouraged to see your steadfast faith bringing you through. It is so amazing to have someone in your family be so supportive of your creative writing. The tribute was so lovely. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Hey,, Sunny! :) Thank you for your prayers & encouragement! We are doing much-much better! It is a huge blessing to have family members share their time to invest in me like she did... I'm grateful for her life.

      Thank you for stopping by & reading! I'm sorry to be replying so late!! It's been a crazy month.. :P

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  5. This is so amazing. Your faith and trust in the Lord make me so happy! Your great grandmother sounds like she was such a fantastic woman, and those pictures of her are absolutely beautiful. Your poem is also beautiful! I know one day you and your great grandmother will meet again and until then you have many stories and memories to hold close to your heart. Thank you so much for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.

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    1. Hiya, Sydney! :) Thank you for taking the time to read! Yes, trusting in the LORD is the only thing that got me through this time. He makes us stronger! <3

      She was indeed a remarkable woman. I am blessed to have called her family! Her life was so interesting & inspiring!! :)

      Thanks for stopping by, dear! I appreciate it. GOD bless... <3

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  6. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss, your great-grandmother was gorgeous. May she rest in peace <3

    This post really hit home as my great grandmother actually recently passed away. Although I wasn't as close with her as you were, she really inspired me and was a great person in every way.

    ~Noor

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    1. Hello, Noor! :) Thank you for stopping by & reading. Yes, she was quite beautiful--inside & out!

      Oh, I am sorry for your loss. It is difficult having a loved one pass away! But I am glad you were able to know her & love & be inspired by her. <3

      Many blessings, Hannah

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