Praying Grandmothers

  • Oct. 4, 2017
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When I was in Moscow in 1991, my husband and I befriended an old woman who cleaned the floors of our hotel. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. When I was in Moscow in 1991, my husband and I befriended an old woman who cleaned the floors of our hotel. With a straw broom in hand, our friend looked out of place at the hotel lobby, but her face sparkled with her blue eyes and golden-toothed smile. Maybe that’s why we were drawn to her. We met many Russian “praying grandmothers” like her. These were the saints of whom Stalin had cruelly said, “If we can get rid of these old women, we will have the youth in our grasp.” One day, eternity shall reveal how far the Gospel was advanced through the prayers of old and faithful Christians. It makes me think of the proverb, “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.” How grateful we can be for elderly saints who make prayer a life vocation. But keep in mind, “praying grandmothers” they often need our prayers, as well.

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