My paternal grandmother, Maria da Glória Inácio Furtado, has graduated. She went to be with her beloved God last night. It's nearly impossible to write about how amazing she was but I will certainly try. My grandmother accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when my father was 11. That day marked the beginning of an amazing life for all of us.
|My late cousin Wesley, me, my cousin Harley, |
my late Vó Maria and my Uncle Francisco my last Sunday
before moving to the States in 1998.
"A sua paz é como um rio, cheio de peixinhos e pássaros a cantar. Pássaros a cantar, rios a correr, quem tem Jesus Cristo tem motivo pra viver..."
"Your peace is like a river, filled with fishes and the birds are singing. Birds are singing, rivers are running, who has Jesus Christ has a reason to live..."
My grandmother taught us to grab a hold of Jesus and never let go. She had weekly Saturday prayer meetings where she taught us to preach, teach, sing and intercession. As little kids we didn't understand why we needed to do all that but now I am so thankful for her example and mentoring in the faith.
|My family and my grandmother in one of our birthday parties.|
|My grandmother in recent years|
My grandmother knew how to celebrate. I will never forget how she greatly rejoiced when she saw people being baptized or when dad told her how many people got saved at church that Sunday. I too hope to be that way: greatly rejoice over things that have eternal meaning.
|My grandmother and my mother in recent years|
Today, and for the rest of my life, I thank God for making me part of her legacy. I thank God that she made sure Jesus was branded in soul and tatooed in my body.
This woman who didn't have any fancy titles is the mother, grandmother and great grandmother of many pastors, teachers, evangelists, worship leaders, musicians and people who just plain love the Jesus she lived so passionately for. I make mine the words of the Bible:
"So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints." Psalm 116:15
Vó, you are present with the Lord. There's no better place for anyone who really knew who she believed and was persuaded like yourself. Thanks for loving me and for remembering me when I needed the most. You have entered your rest. My prayer is to be bold for Jesus as you taught me to do. Tomorrow, and every time I have a chance to speak and to pray, I'm gonna do it for the glory of God and to honor you, who were never, ever ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I don't need a title like you didn't need one. All we need is more of Jesus.
Thank you God for making me the heir of of Maria da Glória Inácio Furtado. What a rich spiritual inheritance I received today.