I have no doubt that my grandfather is rejoicing in heaven with Jesus (and his parents and brothers and sister and ALL those that have gone before him that he had a part in their salvation). So we should be rejoicing too. We should rejoice for the time that we were given on earth with him. We should rejoice that we have memories we can cherish. We should rejoice that we are part of a heritage of faith.
Someone asked me last week what my favorite memory of my grandfather would be and it was honestly hard to say just one. I spent my entire childhood less than 30 minutes from my grandparents so we saw them frequently. He was an integral part of my life, but mostly he was a beacon for my walk with the Lord. He was an old school pastor that preached with a fire that most pastors don't possess anymore. He used to say "It's not a sermon until you break a sweat!" :) He took everything to the Lord in prayer.
My grandfather was a man that lived simply. He never had cable or a cell phone or a computer. He loved to eat! He would re-use foil and plastic bags. He didn't spend his money but gladly gave it to those that needed it. When he laughed, his whole body shook and tears fogged up his glasses. He always carried a handkerchief and when he blew his nose the neighbors dogs would bark (and small children would go running). :) He wore bifocals but used to put them on top of his head to see things close up. He had an incredible memory and recited poetry from his childhood. He said he didn't speak German, but he had a German accent. He had a library of books and he read every single one. He had a love of peppermint and believed it to be the cure for almost everything. I may have inherited that trait.
He was never too busy for anyone. He never had a negative thing to say. His Bibles were always falling apart from being read so much. He spoke directly to the Lord twice a day and didn't rush through it. He would mention each family member by name and ask for their needs to be met. He always had a story to tell (I may have inherited that one too).
He loved his family and loved the Lord. He lived to tell people about the miracle of Jesus, so I rejoice that this Christmas, He gets to be in heaven. I rejoice that I got to see him in August on our trip to the northwest and hear his voice and laugh again. I rejoice that eternity is a really long time and we will get to spend it together.
My grandpa Tom Grams