Grandma, great and mighty God…
you take care of me and everything I need.
You make me rest in the cool, green grass
because grass is good for my eyes, and good for my soul.
You take me where the water is still and quiet,
where the waters soak up the chaos of the streams of life.
You bring me back to life, filling in the gaps and chips and fissures of from life.
You lead me in ways that are right so that I will be a credit to you.
Even though crevasses and ravines want to claim me,
I am not afraid because I am not alone.
Grandma, you are with me. Your crook guides and re-directs me.
Your walking stick, which aids and supports me, gives me comfort.
Grandma, you always cook for me. Y
you set a fine table no matter who is there—
even if people who don’t like me—or whom I don’t like–come over.
Grandma, you value me and praise me.
You cover me with so much love that it pours everywhere,
splashing on everyone there and even back onto you.
You hold my life like it’s precious.
You hold my life like it’s good.
You hold my life like it’s beautiful.
Because you treasure my life, I will treasure my life too.
I will live every day as a blessed day spent at your house.
Living forever in your house—and eating at your table–is heaven for me.
Thank you for being my great, and good, grandma.
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
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