npthatsme: Cousin go to fb! It’s urgent!
lovelezlie: I can’t, it’s blocked in China. Everything ok?
npthatsme: No. Grandmama passed away. I’m so sorry to tell you like this over Instagram.
This conversation happened after I returned to my hotel from a night out in Beijing. My grandmother Rosa Mae had been sick for 13 years. Due to a series of strokes, she couldn’t walk or talk or take are of herself. Her children took care of her around the clock. I watched my dad and a handful of his siblings (there are 12 in total) reflect the love of Christ by laying down their lives and selflessly attending to their mother’s needs. What a cross they all had to carry!
She was laid to rest the day after Thanksgiving and it was such a beautiful funeral. Per her request we all sang “Jesus Loves Me“. And everyone who shared stories about her had tremendous love in their hearts. Everyone spoke about how much she loved God, she truly loved Him with all of her heart, soul and mind. And I’m so grateful that I am now able to carry her mantle of intercession. The inheritance our parents and grandparents leave us isn’t always financial.
Rosa was a faithful member of Bethesda Christian Church in San Antonio, TX for over 35 years and served as a member of the Ladies Prayer Group. She loved people and had a sweet, loving spirit. Rosa will truly be missed by all those who knew her and loved her.
One of my aunts had a dream exactly one week before she passed away. In the dream she was running in a green field (in perfect health) towards my grandfather and uncle, who have both passed away. I’m happy she is finally at peace and I look forward to seeing her one day again. I can’t imagine facing death without knowing Christ and the promise of eternal life.