“Oh, the Lord’s been good to me…..” If you have talked to Jack a or me for more than a few minutes, you probably know we have three grandchildren. Ethan-8, Alice-5 and Trudy-3 live in Gettysburg with our son, David and his wonderful wife, Kerri. We are just home from visiting them for a couple of weeks and celebrating Easter at the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. That church was the church home of the Eisenhower’s and where Abraham Lincoln worshiped the Sunday before he gave the Gettysburg Address. During our stay, I thought a lot about the influence grandparents have on the faith journey of their grandchildren. There were times when our two boys were growing up that I was thoroughly exasperated with them, but I always knew that Jack’s mom, in particular, was praying for them and for me! One afternoon, rather out of the blue, Ethan asked Jack, “Papa, am I a Christian?” I could overhear Jack telling Ethan the story of his baptism…that his parents had presented him to God in front of our family, friends and congregation. That Papa had placed the water of baptism on his head and claimed him as a child of God. So, the answer was “yes”, we believe that is who you are. We always hold hands and say a blessing around the dinner table. On our first night there we started to sing the “Johnny Appleseed Grace”.
“Oh, the Lord’s been good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the apple seed. Oh, the Lord’s been good to me!”
The big kids knew the words, but Trudy had to learn them. We ended up singing it every evening! One afternoon I was setting the table for dinner and could hear Trudy singing most of the words as she put together a puzzle in the playroom. It brought tears to my eyes thinking that now I’m Mom Harnish, passing on my faith however I can. The last night we were there we sat down for supper, and you can guess what we did. As soon as we were done singing, Trudy hung on to our hands and said, “Sing it again!!” No problem…. Oh, the Lord’s been (so very) good to me…!
Author, Judy Harnish