At each tick of the clock, the inevitable is occurring for all mankind. Simply stated, the body is growing a bit older. Actually, from the moment of birth, the aging process begins. These facts don’t even become a part of our thinking process until much later in life. Perhaps that is the reason for the saying, “Youth is wasted on the young.”
Yet, as we progress through the seasons of our lives, the words from 1 Peter 1: 23 remind us of how fleeting is our time here on earth by stating, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. But the word of the Lord endureth forever.” At the same time we are told the facts of life in this Scripture, it offers us the confidence that, no matter our age, we can count on the promises of our Lord that believing in him means that we have in store for us an incorruptible body. Rather than spending enormous time and money on the impossibility of preventing the aging process, we should wear our years here on earth with eyes focused on God and view death as a heavenly celebration. 1 Corinthians 2: 9 lets us know what awaits us in heaven by reading: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” —
Thus, if these crucial words from Scripture were internalized as a society, there would be a great likelihood that the elderly whose bodies are in need of daily assistance would be viewed differently from community members worldwide. Instead of sending messages of reduced value through our behavior to these sweet old people, we would be treating them as treasured gifts that are more precious than gold.
Certainly, as a volunteer, I have heard many of them say, “People think I have come to the nursing home to die. Instead, I have come here to live.” Their words become crystal clear when witnessing how engaged they are every Thursday when I read to them as a volunteer. They are ENGAGED in so many activities that a visit from their loved ones means the entire family is involved. The place rocks with excitement as the rafters are raised in celebration. No matter their physical ability, there is involvement for one and all; thus, the motivation for the book “GRAMME’S ENGAGED.” As you read this touching story, you will internalize the great value of the golden years as well as recognize what a tremendous role model they have been in your family. This is exactly what happened in the mind of Chaylen Pierson, an 18 year old senior at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Missouri who drew the pictures for this book. As you focus on his marvelous illustrations, you will delight at how he captures the engagement of both Gramme and her beloved grandson. As a sequel to “IN GRAMME’S SHOES,” it is the writer’s hope that people everywhere will view health care facilities for the elderly as a place where people have come to live life to the fullest.
Consequently, it is with great pleasure that the writer invites you to download free this heartwarming story for all ages called “GRAMME’S ENGAGED” and experience the tender love that constantly flows between a grandmother and her beloved grandson, Sonny Boy.