My grandmother sang church hymns to me, where I listened to things like ‘Have Thine Own Way’, ‘Onward Christian Seniors’ and ‘Trust and Obey’ she said that when the coronavirus ends we can go to church together. She said that I should pray for a dying person to go to Heaven, that when they die they’ll be freed from suffering on earth when they get to Heaven.
She said to me Bible verses where in Amos 5: 14-15 it says ‘make your aim to do what’s right, not to do what’s evil so that you may live. You hate what’s evil, love what’s right and see that justice prevails.’ And then, Joel 2:13 it says come back to the Lord your God, he is kind and full of mercy, he’s patient and keeps his promises, he’s always ready to forgive and not to punish.
Earlier still, she said to me about the eight beatitudes where it goes blessed are the pure in spirit for they’ll be called children of God, blessed are the meek for they’ll inherit the earth, blessed are the merciful for they’ll receive mercy, blessed are those who mourn for they’ll be comforted, blessed are those who’re poor in spirit because there’s the Kingdom of Heaven, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven, blessed are those who’re persecuted and suffer for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven and blessed are those who’re peacemakers because they’ll be called children of God.
She was explaining to me that Christians have to endure suffering in their lives, that they’ll be comforted whenever they lose something or somebody as God’s there with them, those who thirst for righteousness seek God’s knowledge and understanding and those who’re persecuted will be rewarded the Kingdom of Heaven.
She also said to me what whenever people sin, God doesn’t exactly punish them but rather reminds them of what they’ve done is wrong and why he’s there with us in the suffering that brings blessings afterwards, I’m not yet through with writing this as Lola said that love’s not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable. Love is patient and kind, love’s not jealous or conceited or proud. Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs, love’s not happy with evil but happy with truth. Love never gives up and is faith, hope and patience never fails.
She said that the best use of life is love, the best use of love’s time and the use of time’s now as well as me writing down what Lola said, right down to writing down the names of the 7 helpers (Stephen who got persecuted, Nicanor, Nicolotas, Timon, Prochorus, Parmenas and Philip who met a eunuch).
She said that psalms are a collection of hymns and prayers where it says happy are those who reject the advice of evil, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead they found joy in obeying the law of the Lord and they study it day and night they are like trees that grow beside streams, bear fruit at the right time, leaves don’t dry up and succeed at what they do.
Then she said about John Wesley’s motto, the man who founded the Methodist church, where I recall: do all the good you can, do all the means you can, do all the ways you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, all the times you can, to all the people you can and as long as you ever can.
We also watched a sermon that taught me to trust God in hard times, Lola’s telling me not to cry and worry for it’ll bring me closer to the Devil and Noah trusted God in hard times where he got persecuted by people but persisted in building a boat with his family that stores all the animals there and then they sailed as the flood stopped, God remembered his promise to end the flood for good.
And she also said that my father used to be religious but now he doesn’t go to church often, too focused with his work whereas his brother and sister still regularly go to church. She also said that I’m blessed with the food she, my other grandmother and grandfather give to us (the latter from the mountains), that me and my father are blessed with intelligence and the ability to write that I should be thankful for.
I will always thank Lola for bringing me closer to God, where she said that if the dead repents of their sins they’ll go to Heaven where they’ll no longer be in pain.