Tuesday, May 19, 2009

88 Years Young!

There are so many things I love about my Grandma Norma. I love that she greets each day by reading a selection from The Daily Word and then warms up her lovely sopranic voice by singing scales. I can still hear her say, "Your voice is a muscle. If you don't use it, you lose it."

It's that same voice and determination that carried her through World War II as a USO performer to the many stages she's since stood on. One poignant memory was seeing her don her WWII uniform in 1992, 50 years after she first wore it, to sing a duet with my Mom in a production of South Pacific. Seeing the two of them perform and then clasp hands as they took their final bow was truly amazing.

And she continues to amaze us all even though she recently lost her beloved partner of 47 years.

So on this day, her 88th birthday, I'd like to honor a lady who has sprinkled her special brand of grandmotherly love and opened my eyes to all the wonderful things life has to offer. And Grandma, just in case you missed today's Daily Word, I pulled it for you:

Divine Order - May 19, 2009

All is in divine order. I know this truth; I live this truth today and every day. Divine order is established in my life. The spirit of God is working in and through me to guide my ways and light my path. All my circumstances and experiences are brought into a harmonious balance.

I put God first as I go within for guidance. Therefore, my decisions are made with confidence and faith. In the silence of prayer, I clear my mind and refresh my spirits so that my thinking is constructive and illumined. I remain open at all times to receive what God is offering me.

The indwelling spirit of God is both my motivation and my inspiration, encouraging me to look for and expect good. I meet every experience with this expectation and with the understanding that all is in divine order.

"You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways."--Job 22:28

Happy birthday to someone whose light will always shine!