Visiting Grandma Mariika
Wholesome Life  2011-04-20
Grandma Mariika is one of the most radiating and sunny person we have had at the Wholesome Life center. She lives not far away from our ministry center totally alone. Since she is so old another one of our elderly people we look after brings her the food daily. She takes care for her since Mariika is 90 years old and after the death of her husband she no longer has any relatives left.

When I saw her for the first time I realized that she is a strong woman, who has coped with her difficult life, and yet she has never lost her beautiful smile and sweet spirit. Our visit to her home has created a wave of emotions for this great grandma . She opened up and started to tell us about her life, going through the old worn-out pictures from her album. She shared how she got married to her husband regardless the disapproval of his parents and how happy and blessed she was with him.

It turned out that we have been both born in the same area - the Rodopi mountains. That is why we began talking about various people we both knew from that place. Then I explained to her the purpose of Wholesome Life and how our faith in Jesus inspires us to live a life in service for others. At the end I suggested we pray with the Lord's prayer and for my utmost surprise she knew it by heart - Glory to God.

Finally when it was time for me to leave she told me that I am like a daughter to her and that she wants me to visit her often I can not describe to you how much I was personally encouraged by this meeting and I pray that more people find the time to go out and visit an old person and show the love of God.

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