God told the children of Israel to keep the good things alive in their hearts by building memorials and by passing these testimonies to their children and grandchildren.
In this month’s prompt, tell others in InScribe about God’s goodness in your life. What kinds of memorials do you wish to leave? How do you want to be remembered? What writing do you want to pass on to your children, grandchildren and others?
An event happened in October that changed the focus of my blog this month. My sister Karen passed away from multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer), sooner than we expected.
As I wrote the eulogy for her funeral, I thought of how Karen’s life left a legacy. She and her husband Peter had an open home, welcoming troubled teenagers. One teen was Tim, who said at the funeral, “I intended to stay one night and I stayed forever.” He and his family are now treasured members of our extended family.
Karen also left a legacy of being a dedicated daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She cared for our mom, taking her to medical appointments until Mom passed away. She was involved in her community and church. And most importantly, she left a legacy of faith in God.
She left a large legacy of sewing and knitting: pajamas and nightgowns for her children and grandchildren, baby bibs, and knitted sweaters for children, some of which I took to South Africa on a mission trip.
However, Karen felt she was leaving many of her life goals unfinished. Two years ago when first hospitalized, she said how hard it was to let go of her health, her sewing and knitting. It was difficult to think she might never do these things again. And as Karen’s family members, my sister Elaine and I cleared out her sewing room, my heart almost broke to see the projects she hadn’t completed. (Elaine and I will finish them.)
Karen left a large legacy. What will mine be? I’ve wondered.
First and foremost, my life leaves a legacy. I’ve prayed to be to be a woman of faith and prayer. To be positive in life’s adversities and to see life from the half-full cup rather than the half-empty portion. To be forgiving and open-hearted to everyone, and especially to my extended family. To be compassionate to those who are struggling with life’s adversities.
What writing legacy will I leave? I pray to leave a legacy of God’s faithfulness and His transforming power. This includes (at this point in time):
- Family history that goes back to our faith beginnings in Switzerland in the 1500s.
- Short articles which I’ve called, “Divine Touches,” telling how God performed miracles and touched my life and the lives of family members and friends.
- A spiritual memoir of my two years in Colombia, South America.
- Articles of working with people of different cultures.
Karen’s story reminds me that I don’t know how long God will give me to publish all that’s in my heart. I do know one thing, however; God will provide time to complete the projects of His choosing. This gives me confidence to say with Paul, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:14 NLT).
Now it’s your turn. Tell us about your legacy planning.