Spiritual Practice


Kelsie Elsa Obregon & Kate Underwood

Like most grandparents, mine were full of stories. When I was a child, I would sit on my great-grandfather’s lap, fascinated as he drew amazing pictures and told me stories about them. I remember ducks in a pond, horses in a field, and bunches of flowers. He used to tell me always to keep my eyes, heart, and mind open. I didn’t understand what he meant, but I never stopped to ask. My grandfather passed away when I was eleven, and I was afraid I would never see or hear another story.

Kelsie & Great Grandmother Ftr 010My great-grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago; yet, even with the limitations of this disease, she still finds ways to help me get to know her better. Her eyes tell a story every day, and they have a beautiful glow when she smiles. I am blessed when I hear her call on God’s name in praise or in trouble. From my great-grandparents, I have learned to pray in all circumstances and to give thanks for all the beautiful stories and beautiful people in our lives.

—Kelsie Elsa Obregon, 17


Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:17–18 (NRSV)

GET TO KNOW YOUR GRANDPARENTS! My grandparents were such cool people. I have terrific memories of them; but looking back, I realize that I missed many opportunities to get to know them better. There are so many things I wish I had asked them about their lives and their faith. I don’t want to make that mistake again, so I’m learning to appreciate the time I have with my family and friends. I hope you will too!

—Kate Underwood

—from devozine (May/June 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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