Friday, September 23, 2011


There are lots of upcoming changes in the Roth abode so we’re in the midst of major rearranging. Earlier this week, while sorting through boxes on an attempt to purge, I came across one of my Grandma’s journals. Beginning with Psalm 1, she had started to write one verse from each psalm and then wrote a short prayer underneath.

This one stuck out to me the most…

Psalm 9:7 - "But the Lord lives on forever."
Yes, Lord, You will live forever
and I look forward to spending eternity with you.

It was seven years ago today when Grandma left this earth to spend eternity with Jesus. And in the days and weeks that led up to her passing, she was so excited to know where she was headed. And she let everyone around her know it. Even while dying, she shared the love of Jesus – with the woman in the bed next to her at the hospice, with the doctors and nurses, with family and friends and with every person she came into contact with in those weeks.

Everyone who met my Grandma loved her. She was a woman of love, peace, kindness, humility and gentleness. Full of compassion and understanding, she would always listen and encourage (and pray!). Everyone who knew her felt special to know her because she treated everyone the same and made them feel special. She loved God and loved people. She did what the Lord requires in Micah 6:8 – “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Her life wasn’t easy by any means. She went through trials like the rest of us but she was a woman of patience and perseverance. She trusted the Lord.

Grandma was such an amazing example. She lived her life with dignity (truly a Proverbs 31 woman) – blessing God and blessing others. She loved her family so very much. She was a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, minister, teacher, host, counselor, friend … the list goes on and on. There are certain people who when you think of them, you think of Jesus because His living inside of them is so evident. When in their presence, you’re in the presence of God. That was my Grandma. Her love and life influenced me greatly.

Though I still miss her tremendously, I rejoice in the fact that Grandma is spending eternity with Jesus and that her memory and testimony still live on today. She was an instrument of God’s love – to me and to so many others. I pray that I can be a person who represents Jesus the way she did.

Thank you, Lord, for my Grandma.

Myrna Arlene Roth.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my Grandma and I. It's full of scratches because I've carried it with me everywhere I lived over the past nine and a half years. This picture was taken at my home in Bayside, Queens. It was the day of her 80th birthday and also the day of my going away party before I moved to Chicago in 2002. (We celebrated her 80th in Pennsylvania a few days prior). Memories that I will always cherish.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She was an amazing lady! What a blessed heritage!