The Center for Faith & Culture—Olivet Nazarene University


Awe, Wonder, and Praise


Awe, Wonder, and Praise

My grandmother used to say, “Life is good, if you don’t weaken.”  (An aside:  Her sister had memorable sayings as well – for example, “Beauty fades, but ugly holds its own.”)

While my grandmother had a good life, she faced numerous challenges.  One of her two daughters, my mother, contracted polio as a very young child and had to be sent away to Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Later in life, she and my mother would spend years of suffering with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. Her other daughter would die at a fairly young age with hepatitis.  My grandmother’s story is not one which is strange to us.  At times, we too may affirm “Life is good, if you do not weaken.”

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