Content Not Context
Jody WinstonJuly 24, 2005
Grace and peace are gifts for you from God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
While I was growing up, I was blessed by having two great-grandmothers.Great-grandmother Heggen lived in her house in Lubbock, TX and Great-grandmother Simons lived in what we would call today a retirement village inMercedes, TX. During my childhood, I had the ability to visit with both of thesewomen since I was fortunate enough to live in the Panhandle of Texas and in theRio Grande Valley.I have wonderful memories about these visits. Great-grandmother Heggen al-ways had a pot of strong coffee on and at least one homemade coffee cake for hergreat-grandchildren to eat. As I remember it, her TV was always tuned to a soapopera and we could not bother her when her favorite one, “As the World Turns,”was on. Great-grandmother Simons normally had purchased something like fruitor cookies for her great-grandchildren to eat since she did not cook anymore be-cause her eyes hurt her.Occasionally when I would visit my great-grandmothers, I would be given alittle gift. Sometimes this gift might be something that I really wanted like a toycar or money. At other times, the gift was less desirable in my eyes. I mean,what boy would want an afghan that was knit from red, orange, and blue yarn?After this type of visit, my mother would always remind me, “It’s the thought thatcounts.” Maybe you also have been told this little phrase when you have beengiven something that you really do not want.
Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3.