I have many memories of Grace - her love for puppies and all animals, her mutton-bustin heroics, her desire, and often ability, to keep up with her brothers and boy cousins. But friends, you have countless memories as well, so do many others scattered across the world. So in the past few days, I haven’t just been thinking about the memories, I’ve been thinking about Grace and honestly she was kind of different.
I can remember when I coached her and Jennah in basketball…she was in elementary and Jennah junior high. One day I picked them up for practice and Jennah immediately started sharing, “I don’t know why she dresses like this…(I took a quick look - mismatched clothes, different socks and her brother’s shoes) she doesn’t care what people think.” Now my brain works a bit more like Jennah’s did back then and I worry about what people think…Grace on the other hand was secure in who and Whose she was…from an early age she lived for an audience of One. In our world today, that is kind of different.
I also recall one of the first conversations I had with Grace that’s always stuck. She was only 4 years old and I was not yet her aunt “Dill”, but she came to me and said, “My Mommy is having a baby, but don’t tell nobody it’s a secret.” From an early age, Grace was excited to share good news and that became a passion of her life as she traveled the globe to share the Gospel and lived like Christ in front of us. How many of us do that? Like I said, Grace was kind of different.
The other day the kids and I were talking and we recalled the many times we saw Grace reading, the countless items she knit and the fun they had swimming with her. As this conversation took place, I was reminded how Grace lived out the FCA motto she shared…she was all in. She never did anything half way, if she was going to do it, whatever it was, she gave it her best and did it with enthusiasm and often the smile we will all remember. Would you agree? That’s kind of different.
|Her first year playing and my last coaching.|
Again friends I want to thank you for prayers, encouraging words, shared tears and hugs...in a truly difficult time they bring comfort and show support. May they continue...today let's go be different in honor of Grace and for the glory of God!