Granny sits rocking
in chair with knitting basket beside her quietly knitting, with
granddaughter sitting on the floor in front of fireplace.
Granny, what were "hard times"?
Granny: Oh, child…hard
times… Hard times were just that.. Hard times. Hard to live, hard
to eat, hard to work, hard to raise a family…just plain, old down-right
Well, Granny, if times were that hard how'd you live through 'em?
the help of the Lord, child, that's how. Plain and simple help
of the Lord. There'd be times I didn't know how I was going to
make it through another day…..much less through another week,
but me and the Lord did it. Yes sir_ee.
When I was a
young pretty thing like you, I thought I wouldn't need any help,
I could manage life all on my own. But I soon learned that life
had different plans for me. I would be tested and tried many,
many times. And you will too, child. You will too.
I soon learned
to cope with my hard times by trusting in the Lord, and I also
had a secret weapon.
A secret weapon? What secret weapon, granny?
Granny: I call
it my Faith Sack.
Faith sack? Well, granny I don't know what you're talking about!
Can I see it?
you can, child. Actually, I've been thinking about it and I really
think you should have it….being a young Christian and all your
married life ahead of you. You'll need it more than I do now.
You'll be getting' married and havin' younguns' and well, you'll
just need it more than I do.
I put it?
in her chair and fumbles around and finds her sack).
Oh, here it is!
It's never been too far away from me all these years, and it's
grown quite a bit since I first started it. You know, you'll probably
want to add a few of your own faith symbols, too! Just promise
me you'll pass it down to your daughter, when you get to be my
age. That'd be nice, I think…
OH, Granny, of course I will. But I don't think you're ready to
give up on life, quite yet! Are you sure you're ready to pass
this down to me?
Granny: Oh, honey
my faith is strong. I know what's in that there sack by heart.
One day you will, too!
Will you tell me all about it, Granny?
I will, but it might not mean the same to
you. You can
take these symbols and apply them to your life, as you need them.
Life sure can get mighty testy at times!
reaches in and grabs an item!)
(Pulls out a nail) It's a nail granny…what is a nail doing in
your faith sack?
a good question, child., That nail is in there to remind me that
my Jesus coped with a lot of stress in his life, too! More than
I'll ever have to face in my own life. Reach in again, child….
(reaches in and pulls out a thumb tack) A thumbtack? Now really
granny….what is a thumbtack doing in your faith sack? (Looks at
audience…Man, that was hard to say! (grins)
Granny: Oh that
little thumbtack has come in handy so many times. When I had a
serious problem that I had to think on for a bit, this thumbtack
reminded me not to just sit on my problem, but get up and do something
when you sit on a thumbtack it hurts! It hurts just as bad when
you sit on your problems and don't do anything about them! Pull
out another, child.
(Reaches in and pulls out a can opener.) Granny, what'd you use
a can opener for….besides opening a can of food when you were
No, this can opener reminds me to open the wonderful, amazing
discoveries hidden in life. Well, like Christ's un-ending love
for us. All we have to do is accept him, just take that first
step to open our hearts to Him, and he will be with us always.
See what else is in there….
(pulls out a small bottle) What's this small bottle for?
Granny: Oh child,
Christ has collected all my tears in that little bottle. He knows
all about me. (Psalms 56:8) He's been with me during the good
times as well as the bad. He knows when I hurt and he knows when
my heart is happy too! Tears of joy and tears of sorrow have all
been collected by God. This little bottle just gives me a gentle
reminder of that. Go ahead, reach in and pull out another one!
(Reaches in and pulls out a mirror!) Oh, what a beautiful mirror!
How does this apply to your life, Granny?
this mirror reminds me to reflect God's love toward others. God
pours out his love to us and He wants us to reflect that love
toward others. Others should be able to see His love in us and
want that same love within them.
(reaches in and pulls out a bottle of hot sauce) Hot sauce, Granny?
Now I know that hot sauce can't have a thing to do with Faith.
you ever tasted something warm? This sauce is for when we get
lukewarm. We don't want God to spit us out of his mouth. He says
he would rather us be hot or cold, not lukewarm. So I've decided
to use Tobasco Sauce to remind me to heat up my life. We need
to be on fire for Jesus Christ and the soon coming kingdom of
God. Don't be a milk toast about it! Do you see now, girl?
I'm beginning too, Granny! What else do you have in here? (Reaches
in and pulls out a plunger!) Oh, Granny, you've put your plunger
in here by mistake!
Granny: Oh no
I didn't. It's in there for me to use to flush all the trash of
the day down the tubes! We can flush all the sin out of our lives
much easier than a plumber cleans out of drains. All we have to
do is breathe the name of Jesus and here's there…waiting for us…and
wondering what in the world took us so long to come to Him. Reach
in , child, reach in.
(Reaches in and pulls out a dryer sheet)
Granny, the last
time you washed your sack you left a dryer sheet in here.
Granny: No child,
a dryer sheet is a very important part of my faith sack. For the
times when we need a breath of fresh air into our stale life.
To freshen a drawer full of secrets, or a closet full of old,
musty sins. That's what that dryer sheet reminds me of….a breath
of fresh air. The sweet breath of heaven. What else do you find,
there child? Reach in, reach in…
(Reaches in and pulls out a box of tissue) A tissue box, granny.
Now I know you've got a story for this one.
catching on, quick, youngin'. This here box of tissue is for those
times when we just have to cry…sad movies, weddings, children
leaving home, times of grief, like when your grandpa died. A good
cry somehow does us good. Besides that we always feel a bit better.
But a box of tissue is for us sometimes, and sometimes we need
to share it with others. Be there for our friends when they cry
and suffer or when they're crying tears of happiness we can rejoice
with them! A box of tissue is a mighty handy thing!
(reaches in and pulls out a rock) Granny, have the little ones
been playing in your sack? There's a rock in here!
That's my Rock. You know what this symbolizes. God is my rock.
This is to remind me of that when things go wrong, like they always
do. God is our rock, shore enough.
Well what's these scissors, for? Are you planning on sewing, Granny?
You're knittin' basket is over there, so…maybe you just put these
scissors in the wrong bag.
scissors remind me to cut out all the unnecessary stuff in my
schedule that is causing a lot of my stress in the first place.
Do the important stuff first, and don't worry about what you can't
change. We shouldn't be too busy to pray and thank our Lord, either.
We rush around trying to do His work and we often forget about
(Reaches in and pulls out a piece of chalk) What's this chalk
when something unpleasant happens I can "Chalk" it up to experience….hahaha.
Remember this one, child. You'll need it. I've chalked up so many
things, my voice squeaks!
This tape, Granny? Did you need to fix something?
close….this tape is to remind me that a heart that's broken can
be mended with God's healing love.
What about these safety pins?
Granny: Oh those!
Those kept me together when I felt like falling apart! It pinned
my chin to my face when I felt like it was on the floor! There
were times when I knew I had disappointed God, my best friends,
my family. I just needed to ask God's forgiveness, brush myself
off the floor and move on. God's love and His sacrifice allowed
me to do just that. This safety pin reminds me that I can be held
together with Jesus' love.
Oh, Granny, that's beautiful! (Reaches in and draws out a candy
heart?) What's this candy heart for?
was for the very bad times, when I felt like I didn't have a heart.
Sometimes we don't' have anything left to give, anyone. We are
simply exhausted, to drained to respond to anything.
We've cried all
the tears we possess, we've spoken all the words we know, and
we don't feel we have any more love left. This candy heart allows
us to be reminded that Christ's love is unfathomable and never
ending, and we can tap into that love just for the asking.
(Reaches in an pulls out a feather duster) What's the feather
duster mean, granny?
reminds me to "stir-up", hearts and lives. We are supposed to
clean up our life here on earth and strive to live a clean, godly
life here on earth. To do that we may have to do some major clean
up tasks here on earth. Clean up our nooks and crannies that have
been hidden from view for many years. Christ will clean up all
of this and remove it to some grand garbage dump somewhere, never
to be seen again! I really hate to clean house, so this reminds
me to at least stir up something.
(Reaches in and pulls out a clean sheet of white paper and an
ink pen.) Are you planning on writing a letter, granny?
Granny: I am
planning of writing, child. Each day can be as new and clean to
God as this white sheet of paper. We determine what gets written
on it as the day unfolds. We can write happy things, sad things,
encouraging or inspiring things, and things of Jesus. And at the
end of the day, we can look at our piece of paper, see it is no
longer blank, thank God for it, and start another day fresh because
of the covering of Jesus' blood.
His love allows
us to start each day with another blank page. We are the artist
with the pen. Let's pen good things in our life. We can write
our own happy endings. Don't wait around for it to happen without
you. God knows the end already, and we should, too.
(Reaches in and pulls out 2 tea bags) What's the two tea bags
Granny: A two-bag
cup of tea is my strong drink for those especially trying times.
Also meant to be shared with a friend.
(Reaches in and pulls out a magnifying glass) And this magnifying
glass, granny? How do you apply it to your life?
a reminder to me to pay attention to the little details in life.
We sometimes can't see the forest for the trees. We want to show
love to others but we neglect those things right under our noses,
such as our families, and local church brethren. We are so intent
on solving world hunger that we forget and walk by the homeless
in our own home town!
Take out that
magnifying glass, often child. Many will thank you for it!
What's the phone for granny?
is my own personal private line straight to God. It's called my
prayer line and we have an instant connection. We receive no busy
signals, no hang-ups and redials…no operators telling us our call
can't be placed. We always get a dial tone, and our call is always
connected--even when we forget to pay our bill. (we wouldn't have
enough money to pay for these calls anyway!)
What's this remote control for, Gran?
Granny: We often
want to run things from the sidelines. We want to help the hungry
so we send a couple of cans of food to the local food bank by
someone else. We want to clothe the homeless so we throw in some
old clothes into a collection can at the local Salvation Army.
are good because the needy will benefit in the long run. But our
time is also needed. Many feel they are willing to help as long
as they don't actually have to DO anything. We don't want to have
to work the soup lines or cook in the local soup kitchen. We don't
want to give our time at the local shelter. We don't want to deliver
food to the local homeless.
This is how we
use our own personal remote control button. Don't we at home just
punch those buttons to change the channel so we don't have to
GET UP and DO SOMETHING? We must realize that God is the power
behind our remote control. And we need to use HIS POWER to accomplish
Granny, I've learned so much this evening about you that I've
never known. I believe I know what's pulled you through all those
in, child. Let's see what else is in there…
(Reaches in and pulls out a laughing box) What's this granny?
push that button child, and you'll see.
(She pushes button, and laughter fills the air) A laughing Box!
It's great! How does that apply to your life Granny?
there laughing box reminds me that there are times when I don't
feel like laughing but I know God wants us to be happy and full
of joy. Laughter is the best medicine, you know. Laughter promotes
Funny how that
works isn't it? One good laugh deserves another, so I try to help
myself along in the laughter department with this little gadget.
Now I really like that one, Gran! I think I'll use this one a
Granny: I think
there's one final object in my faith sack, child.
(Reaches in to the bottom of the sack and pulls out a set of keys)
child. This set of keys reminds me that I have another home awaiting
me, a mansion in heaven. When I experience the frustrations of
living in this world today, all I have to do is take these keys
out of my stress sack, or simply hear them jingle, and I know
I can struggle on to see my home on the other side that Jesus
had prepared for me. I can't wait!
You know the
excitement you feel when you have to move and have a prospect
for a life-change? A new home, new job, new school? Jesus can
completely change your life, and give you a mansion to live in,
to boot! You can't top that deal nowhere, no how! And you'll get
a brand new set of KEYS to go with it!
Granny, I hope I can use these things and have as much faith as
child don't you worry. You'll be alright. Keep Jesus in your thoughts,
and this sack next to you and you'll be fine. You'll also be working
toward the kingdom and get to see Jesus one day and get your brand
new set of KEYS. I love you, child.
I love you too, Granny.