Tuesday, July 1, 2008

My grandfather died this weekend. Jerome Cunningham has been a part of my life for 20 years and I will miss him. He was my biggest "fan" and encouraged me in my writing attempts even long after I'd given up hope of publication. Every time I saw him, he'd ask what I was writing these days. He was quite the prolific writer himself and I hear his kids found notebooks full of his poetry that they never even knew were there. 

He also loved music and joined my grandmother in supporting all of us in our musical endeavors. But he has been deaf as a post for as long as I can remember. I don't mean normal-old-person-hard-of-hearing. I mean, Deaf. I am sure the first thing he did in heaven was sit and marvel for a moment-- glorying in the cacophony of praise surrounding the throne of God.

But one of the most influential thing about my grandfather was his faith. The minister pointed out to us grandchildren in the memorial service what an amazing heritage we have. We are the third generation of men and women of God. My children make generation four of the faith. That's pretty amazing-- almost unheard of in this day and age. I had to agree with him. Jeremiah and I have been amazingly blessed in our families. Granted, they weren't perfect, but they followed the Lord to the best of their ability and I, as their progeny, wish to take a moment to rise up and call them Blessed.

We will miss you, Papa Jerry. Hope you're enjoying all that good music!!


Jenny said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. We're mourning alongside you, too, as Jeff's Grandma died on June 22 and we had the funeral today (out of town relatives made delay necessary). Jeff's family is a mixed bag of "faith" -- but Grandma was definitely a Christian. I'm so thankful for OUR family and the heritage you're writing about. It's wonderful to see your generation (I suppose I'm lumped in with your mom's generation by lineage, not by age;)), and see what great, strong, planted Christians you've become. I'm thankful for you all and very proud of all of you -- you are an extremely unique bunch of "kids" in our world. And I'm thankful for my parents who started the foundation in our family, passed it along to their children who in turn passed it along to you so that you may continue to pass it on. We are blessed -- so much more than we realize in our sheltered Christian family -- to have such roots.
We love y'all!!!

Herb of Grace said...

Thanks, Jen.