Fall blew by and soon it was time for the holidays. One day in the mail a Christmas card arrived. I didn't recognize the sender on the return address. Curiously I opened it. A picture of an elderly lady and a $20 bill dropped out. I quickly read the card. The writer introduced herself as the children's great grandma. She wished us a Merry Christmas and said the money was to by a ham or turkey for our Christmas dinner. She continued on and said,
"I will be thinking about All of you and remembering you in my prayers. God is so good...May God richly bless your hearts and lives during our Jesus' birthday season! I think of you often, Grandma Bob."Jotted at the top of the card was a phone number. I shared the card with the family and then set it aside wondering.
|Christmas card from Grandma Bob|
Throughout the next couple weeks I would see the card lying on the dishwasher, and I would think about calling the phone number written inside. Finally I called TFI Family Services and asked them about the situation. They were not able to tell me anything about this grandma.
One morning, unable to stand the suspense any longer I called the number. Grandma Bob was thrilled to hear from me. We chatted for about fifteen minutes finding out more about each other, then I allowed her to speak to each one of the children. When I got back on the phone she was near tears. She told me how grateful she was that we had the children. She told me that we were an answer to her prayers. She said every night she prayed that God would place her babies in a home where they could learn about Jesus. God had heard her prayers. We ended up talking for over an hour.
When I hung up the phone I wept. There had been a grandma out there praying for her grandchildren. It was a great-grandma who was near 80 years old. It was a grandma with a strong faith in God who prayed He would redeem a situation for His good will. It was a grandma who loved her great grandbabies.