Old ladies get to sit in rocking chairs and sing hymns. I just figured that out. I can almost hear some readers asking, “Why would you think that?” My answer: Because I’m sitting here right now in the early morning, rocking contentedly and singing one of my favorite hymns:
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.
Heir of salvation, purchase of God.
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.”
It’s one of my favorite ways to start my day — this rocking and singing and reading God’s Word. I have some of my best chats with the Father in this old rocking chair. And a few days ago it suddenly hit me that I was doing exactly what other women of God have done for generations — particularly in their senior years.
I remember vividly staying overnight with my grandparents on my dad’s side of the family and waking every morning to the sound of my grandmother Daisy singing hyms quietly as she sat rocking in the living room. The bed where I slept was positioned so that I could see far enough into the living room to see her sitting there with a cup of coffee and enjoying that quiet time wiht the songs about the Lord on her lips.
But it was my great-grandmother on my mon’s side of the family who made the greatest impression on me. He name was Rosie, and she was a little woman, but strong and sturdy inside and out. She was a strong Spirit-filled Christian. She prayed in tongues, twirled and danced before the Lord in church services and generally lived her life as something of a fanatic for Jesus. She and her husband farmed, but even after she became a widow, she planed her own huge garden every year, tilled it, harvested it, and walked down hot, dusty country roads to take the bounty to other families.
She was also a no-nonsense person with great common sense. Grandma Rosie never sat waiting for her cup of coffee to get cool enough to drink. She simply poured some into her saucer so it cooled instantly, and she slurped it from that saucer.
She really believed what she read in God’s Word. She trusted the Lord for good health all her life and never even saw a doctor until she broke her arm when she was in her nineties.
Grandma Rosie had a rocking chair as well. A place where she rested and prayed and worshiped the Lord in her own heart. And I’ve often thought she must have spent at least a few hours sitting in that chair praying for her children and grandchildren.
The most important thing to me about her rocking chair is that I now sit in it every single day. It isn’t just a family heirloom to me. It means so much more. I know for sure that the generations of believers who have gone before us have prayed for us and opened doors to God’s involvement in our lives in more ways than we will ever know until we meet those people in Heaven. Their faithfulness in times of struggle and their prayers of faith on our behalf have helped forge who we are and what we’ve accomplished.
Every time I sit in this rocker, I think of my Grandma Rosie, and my heart overflows with gratitude for her and her life. But even more, my heart overflows with gratitude and worship to the Lord for all He’s done for me — and all He’s still doing.
This quiet time in my rocking hair with the Word is unique.The Lord draws close to me — or perhaps I should say I draw close to Him, for He’s always as close as I’ll allow Him to be. But I’m very aware of His closeness as I sit here meditating on His Word and the words of faith that flow with the melody of the hymns I sing.
Am I an “old lady”? I don’t feel like one at all. I’m only 71. But I’ve decided that just for this one purpose — having he right to sit rocking and singing to the Lord for a while each day — I think I do want to be an “old lady.” Because it’s true: old ladies get to sit in rocking chairs and sing hymns.
“This is my story; this is my song:
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story; this is my song:
Praising my Savior all the day long.”
Hymn lyrics by Fanny J. Crosby
11 thoughts on “Old Ladies Get to Sit in Rocking Chairs and Sing Hymns”
I like the sound of Grandma Rosie 🙂 I’m seven years behind you and if I get to ‘old age’ that’s great, but I’m not an old lady quite yet!
According to the most recent report by the World Health Organization, 66-79 is now considered only “Middle-Age.”
That’s fantastic, so I’m still young!
Hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to use this in my new blog about Ancestry From A Christian Perspective. It fits perfectly.
In fact, I just posted it at https://leesancestry.com/2019/04/26/old-ladies-rocking-chairs-and-hymns/
Thanks for the link. I’ve had every intention of getting over to that blog before now, but I’ve been overwhelmed with a number of problems to deal with, from serious problems in our church that led to my stepping down from my position there, to a huge 23-foot Blue Spruce that started leaning over and had to be braced up and given a lot of immediate attention by a professional landscaper — and a multitude of smaller problems in between. There just haven’t been enough hours this past couple weeks to deal with everything and still visit people — online or face-to-face either one. I had to burn the midnight oil to get my two videos done and posted, but I absolutely refused to let the whole Easter season go by without my getting something out there from God’s Word!
Thanks, and sorry things are a little stressful right now. Many times we need to be brace up. Thankfully, the Lord has just the perfect braces found in His Word. Praying that things work out soon.
Sure, go right ahead. Maybe it will encourage someone or inspire them to write about one of their ancestors. Feel free to use anything anytime.
Thanks, again. It just fit perfect for ancestry stories.
And the walls came tumbling down! “Okay, Lord, let the barriers and hurdles tumble down, but not Sandra’s Blue Spruce.” Hope your week of coffee levity entries has lightened your soul while God is bringing the answers. Thanks for your transparency. Always enjoy your writings.
Thank you for the prayer.