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. All of these people have been there for me and then some. I thank you. This is a long list of people and I wish I could thank all of them personally. But most of all, I like to thank God, for He has saved me and given me the strength to carry on this Christian walk. Without Him, I would not be here to write this book. God is still a God of miracles. May He richly bless all of you. Sincerely,
Gail N. Gerald
Gail N. Gerald
As I am telling my story. Crimes aren't solved in 60 minutes or as in the case of the Dollhouse Murders. But think of it that having to occur all day long. She was a hard-working woman who also dedicated her life to the service of others. Raines. Grandma Esther said forever. Sometimes." I am one of three children. and fed five loaves of bread and some fish to thousands with a lot left over. whether cooking meals for the elderly. But it all in fun.Esther Raines was a pious woman of who lived most of her 80 years serving the Lord. I would make fun of how I was the big sister and that I should be just. she is Grandma Raines. or Mama Raines. all month long. She told us that Jesus was born on December 25 and those things we should value such as giving. they offered him gifts of gold. Alden. reading to the children at the local library. the dedication. Alden and Allen. My brothers. My dream has always been to be a Forensic Scientist like on "CSI". But to me. triplets to be exact. We were all amazed at how long we could spend eternity with Someone who would do that for us! I remember telling Grandma I want to spend eternity with Jesus and my brothers said. Allen." She re- . raised the dead. and rose on the third day so that we could be in Heaven with Him. I'm 25 years old and I am currently studying Chemistry at George Mason University. family. the homework assignments. But whenever we would ask a question. I wish it were with all the long hours in the field. and I would gather around Grandma Raines sitting on the rug of our hardwood floor as Grandma Raines would open up her Bible to Matthew Chapters 1 and 2. and of being humble are lessons that we should learn about all of the stories about Jesus Christ. She would tell us of the Birth of My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This same Baby is the One who died on the cross for all of us. She would also tell us of the Magi following the star to see the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. just brother and sister stuff. frankincense. all year long. were born just after I was. She would tell us of Jesus being born in a manger surrounded by animals because there was no room in the inn. I think about Grandma Raines directing us to the living room every Christmas. and myrrh. Then I asked her how long is that. I remember when my brothers and I were children she would tell us stories of Jesus and how He healed the sick. "Me too. Wait on Him. We were as close as siblings can be. In those moments. There were times when I wish Jesus would do a miracle right then and there. Alden asked how long will we be in Heaven with Jesus. as she is known in the community. and that is what forever feels like. Keep on believing and He will come through. her laughter. "God is an all-time God. and all of the tragedy that goes along with it. Many in the church have always commented that the Heavens opened up whenever she sang. I remember once Allen asked her what does it have to do with Christmas. and her stories. She explained to us that we should think of a second lasting an hour and the clock slowly changing hands. Mrs. Grandma Esther would say. I'm Alisha Raines Walters. I think of my Grandma Raines with her melodies. or singing in the church choir. but I have found out that life is not as simple as it looks on TV. Don'tgive up. an entire season. me too.
" Mama asked her. "That if you confess with your mouth." Mama smiled at us and asked us if we were bothering Grandma Raines. all three of us mumbled that we did. "Why did Jesus die on the cross for us?" Alden was always the talkative one. "For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified. as I sometimes called her. Romans 10:9-10. Every word in this book is the truth. "Children. Then she told us that if we confess that Jesus is Lord AND believed with all our heart that Jesus rose from the dead. Bible. "Child. Puzzled. The look on her face was that was amazement. Mama has short. I just wish that my daddy was home. and pride. I was so surprised by my reaction. as we have told her. "What's going on. turn down the stove and take a little break. "I do. no. She was of average height and curvaceous. She turned to Romans 3:23. But I was so surprised that he even asked. which I wished I could have asked. too. She called our mom. I love you so much. I COULD use some help in the kitchen. Mama was so pretty when she was happy. He was only 30 years old. Amen. and believe in your in your heart that God raised him from the dead. "Ald. She loved us and we loved her. At least it would have been easier for me. Alden asked if that was in the Bible? She smiled and told us that it was. cheerfulness. full lips. wavy-curly hair. She quickly turned to that chapter and directed us closer so that we could all read. you will be saved. who was in the kitchen fixing dinner." Grandma Esther gave Mama these words of comfort. " Allen asked her. She paused for a minute and looked at us. baby." Her face became even more radiant. "Mama. "Here it is. I was so happy to see her happy after all she has been through. Mama? I am glad you told me to take a break.iterated about Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection and asked us if we truly believed with all our heart and all our might if we believed that Jesus rose from the dead." We all looked at each other and nodded our heads. and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Grandma Raines? She turned to Romans 10 in her huge. She thumbed through the Bible and showed us the verses about how one can be saved. Isn't that good?" Mama's face radiated pure joy at what she was told. We were amazed at how easy it was. I will be there to help you." Then I shouted. then we will be saved. high cheekbones. I miss him so much. God makes no mistakes. "Carolyn. our father was killed by a drunk driver while on his way home. they didn't seem like words of comfort. thick. When we were six." "It is right here in this book. which said. How do we call on Jesus. He died instantly. Alden asked Grandma Raines this question. That is why folks call it the Good Book. She pointed out the exact verse. There's something I have to tell you first. Allen himself wanted to know what sin was and what was the glory of God. just smiled and flipped back a few pages. "Me too. She sighed as she watched our faces. She had a slender nose. He is with Jesus. do you believe?" Then Alden answered. Mama. This is the best news I have heard all day. Grandma Esther. why are you smiling?". and beautiful dark chocolate brown skin. Looking back. "All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Then verse 10 says. He was the one who should have had my job. brown leather. God cannot lie. I was telling these children all about getting saved and they wanted to know. "All of you look just like your father. "We all do sweetheart.". mama. "Jesus is Lord"." At the time. I remember .
" Allen asked. That was how God intended." Then Mama came over to her and said. I also remember the times Mama couldn't wait to hug him as he came home. but I could tell something was wrong. the devil. It is breaking the law. or take his name in vain. "Alright then. I was lucky to have seen people love another like that. I was angry a lot of times and I wondered why Grandma wasn't so angry. It is so sad. "I will be fine. "That kind of pain should not be wished on anyone. sleep with another person outside of marriage. handsome. with coarse black hair. It entered because of disobedience. I can only still imagine how grandma Joseph was feeling losing a child. kill. "Poor Jo. On those tablets. Baby!" Then Mama ran back to the kitchen. who disguised himself as a snake. In fact. Ever since then. All of that could have been prevented. They were the best of friends. I can only imagine how Grandma Joseph was feeling. then as time went by. Grandma said sighing." Allen asked impatiently. He told her that if she were to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge that she would not die. some were not. Lisha.". in school. "Sin was when we a person does something wrong. our parents were practically raised together. Right now." "What law?" "There was a time when the world truly was perfect. Grandma Esther asked how she was.. she told me once. "But you didn't answer what law?" I angrily answered. It is all in the news. and healed many others. and we He grew up he preached to various people. It was like they were one person almost. that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish. Then there seemed to be a pause. "That God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son. we have had so much trouble in the world. "Mama!" "Thank you. not to eat of the tree.. "I know. He was the . She said it was alright. steal. But she did eat and gave the apple to her husband. Thankfully that was all that happened in the kitchen. "You have heard about Adam and Eve and the apple?" "Yes. He too had the power to forgive sins. I know." "There were Ten Commandments that God wrote on two tablets. But we have failed him." Then she gave a little smile and everything seemed well.. stealing." Grandma smiled and cheerfully said. That is how sin entered the world. (I was also afraid to ask. She called and said that she will right there to help with dinner. in papers. I'm on my way. "Joseph. but God told her and Adam. but have everlasting life." Jesus was the Baby in the manger. a trimmed beard. She looked like she about to cry. Nobody was doing wrong. we were to worship God only. Grandma Esther breathed a little sigh as well. That is what sin is all about. But John 3:16 said. a broad nose and even broader shoulders." Grandma Joseph interrupted Grandma Esther. But people were still doing wrong. "Well. we answered.". She sorrowfully said. So sin is disobeying God. Alden yelled OUT LOUD. She and Grandma Josephine (we just called her Joseph for short) were practically raised together as young girls. lied to Eve.Daddy was tall. so did Grandma Esther. Then the phone rang. come on. I remember Mama holding her head down. It is something God hates. Back to the story. Mama." Grandma calmly answered. "How?" Grandma asked. too. I then hugged her and tears streamed down her face. There was nobody committing murder. they became high school sweethearts. "Allen. brown eyes. "That is alright. let Grandma answer. and full lips covering white teeth. or do anything else that hurts people." Then I heard a swishing sound. Some were obedient. The rice pot was boiling.) Then I wondered how Grandma Joseph was doing. "Now where was I?". We are to not lie. It was Grandma Josephine. Adam. but I guess she was.
dark-brown skinned woman with high cheekbones. but mama did not need our help. What are you fixing?". "She's doing a little better. won't you go into the children and ask your mama if she needs anymore help. She spoke in a rather sad tone. she and Aunt Penny were talking about Grandma Joseph. but I assumed that it was about the phone call. "Where's Lyn?" Mama came out of the kitchen and hugged Aunt Penny and Grandma Joseph. "Children. mocked. woman with salt and pepper hair. "Esther. ham. but it is true. Girl." We all laughed and we were in anticipation of Aunt Penny and her stories. along with a VERY gleeful Aunt Joseph. and some cake?". Grandma sensed that something was wrong with Grandma Joseph. Aunt Penny told them to go ahead that they needed to speak to Grandma Esther. How was school?" We answered that everything was okay." "Get yourselves something from off the table".." We said that we will. and thin lips. A murderer was let go by the people and He took the murderer's place. Then on the third day. even for Allen. she said as she smiled at us. She told us to take the coats to her bedroom and lay them on her bed. So I didn't ask. "I got you some presents. So we each looked for something to eat in the frigerator and grabbed us whatever we could find that didn't have anything to do with Christmas dinner. He was beaten. She sighed again and came into the kitchen and offered to help out.." Then there was a knock on the door. I came by to help you fix some food. Grandma Jo asked in anticipation. wavy black hair. "Um. How does turkey. Mama gleefully answered. and macaroni and cheese sound?" "That sounds good. and falsely accused. Aunt Penny was incredibly funny. Grandma Joseph asked. "YES! This is going to be a good dinner!" After I finished eating I walked back into the living room and Grandma Esther was praying for Grandma Joseph. or anybody else. He was found not guilty but many of the people still wanted him to be punished. who was a taller.same Jesus who suffered for us. apple pie. "She seems to be doing alright".. what are you three doing?" "Mama we are hungry. I put them under the tree. How about corn bread. rice and gravy. She laughed. But there is nothing like losing a child. you know me better than that. After we quickly put the coats on her bed. so she prayed about it. Grandma Esther said in a nervous voice." Aunt Penny said as she sighed. He was that hope for a sinful world. "Esther. brown skinned woman. Then Mom came behind us and whispered. that would be hard to believe. "Oh Hi. let's see. we wouldn't know of them. But I could tell something was wrong. laughed Grandma Joseph. collard greens. under that Christmas tree. sweet pototo pie. To many. She is plump. "Lyn. Grandma". though I certainly wanted to. much like Grandma Esther. Mom said as she was cooking. I watched Grandma pray.or rather someone. "Children. children. After her death. we answered. I couldn't hear everything.. spat on.real good. Grandma said. His blood was shed for us. but she was warned by Grandma Esther to be careful what to say in front of us kids. stout. It was Grandma Joseph. he rose from His grave. so I said nothing. "Let Grandma finish praying and then you can go in and talk to her. He died on the cross for us so that we might live with Him forever. it smells good in there. what's the matter?" Grandma seemed a little worried about something. Go back . then my brothers came in." If any three kids were any happier to see presents from Aunt Penny. She was a short. "Ok. (haha) "That's good". dressing. She came with our aunt Penny.
. Thank you that I am one of Yours. "Alright. Say hello to your brothers. you here me. The phone rang. Those are the things I remember about Grandma Raines." "Amen." "You sound well. grandma. my brothers. the difficulties of life. Don't ever hesitate to call. I won't hesitate to call. and I believe that He will. I am so glad you called. I thank God for all that I have had. I don't know." And that "We live in God's time." I paused for a second. baby. I am reminded of all of the people who have helped me along the way." "Do take care. "No one should ever be too busy to do God's work. "Thank you. That pious woman of 80 who was. As I am reminded of the stories that she told me. "God bless you. She felt that maybe all was TOO well with Grandma Joseph and she prayed about it. Train up a child in the way they should go. She answered. "I love you. She prayed about everyone and everything. Sometimes we just don't understand everything. Maybe she felt that Grandma Joseph hasn't expressed herself the way a grieving mother would. She has been.. so I believed too. Jesus died on the cross for me and saved me." With a slight laugh. though. I was a little tired. are you worried about something?" She told me that. Maybe she had questions for God about his death why we all had to suffer. the suffering of families. I remember those things about her.." Then she said. too. "I hear you. She even prayed for a safe trip for us. thank you for my Grandma Esther." Smiling." She responede in kind.in to the kitchen. child. bye bye. Lisha? " "Yes. Tell them don't get too busy to talk to old Grandma. Grandma. just keep on walking that narrow path. "God." Grandma Raines lovingly said. As all of the blessings in my life have ran through my mind. this is Lisha. I said. I am so glad you and your brothers never departed from the Word. I was thinking about you and the stories you used to tell us." I told her. I told her that "It is nice to hear your voice. God can take care of it. God doesn't live on our time. I remember she told me that "God has a reason for everything. "I am so glad that you called." She seemed less worried. I wanted to ask her something myself." She said as she was laughing. ma'am. Grandma. a blessing. and they will never depart. "I won't. "I love you. "Whatever we are worried about. "Grandma. Then both went back into the kitchen. and still is." "Goodbye. There are times when I have questions for God. After she finished praying. That is all the thanks I need. Grandma. "I'm doing well. All I know is that she had a burden on her heart." Grandma was so happy to hear my voice. starting with Grandma Raines for one. A woman's work is never done." After I hung up. "Hello?" "Grandma. Grandma Raines. Grandma Raines has been a constant in my life. " She responded. " I wonder if her prayer had something to do with Daddy's death. as I was about to forget to say." she said as she laughed. now take care. faithful to the Lord. and still is. I ask that you will help me with my job whenever I face the worst of humanity." After a brief pause." Apparently Grandma Raines didn't feel that all was well with Grandma Joseph. Grandma Raines was a "praying woman". I would not have had the strength to overcome the obstacles I have faced in life. Without you. "No need to thank me. and my family. I recall all of the prayers that have been prayed by her and the prayers that have been answered. I even took the time to call her. "Lisha it is wonderful to hear your voice. ' hear? I responded.
bless Grandma Raines. Lord.. good and faithful servant.Matthew 25:19-23 . Amen. Help me to be mindful of those who have come before me so that I will make them proud." "Well done. Help me to continue to walk that narrow road and to keep moving forward." --...and of my studies. In Jesus' name. like my Grandma Raines.