Legacy - a gift by will especially of money or other personal property; something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past
We don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. Regardless of economic or social status, we will all leave some sort of inheritance to those closest to us when we die. Our lives, the every-day ordinary moments, will determine what sort of legacy it will be.
As a young girl I joined a club in our church called Christian Girls in Training - CGIT for short - and remained a part of it until I was well into my teens. I loved every part of it - the songs, games, crafts, outings, lessons and even the memory work challenges.
I believe all of it helped to shape my faith - but none more than the elderly leader, Aunt Ethel. I can still picture her small upright stature and silver curls. She had a certain “presence,” and we all, from the youngest to the oldest, knew she would brook no nonsense. I dreaded those rare occasions when she felt it necessary to sit us all down and give us a talking to. We all loved her and felt sad when we knew we had disappointed her in some way.
On the other hand, she had a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. In spite of her age, she seemed never to tire, and we had to hustle to keep up with her.
Her love for the Lord and devotion to “her girls” was reflected in everything she did and said. To this day, all these many years later, I remember the things she taught us. I see her still, teaching, singing, laughing, holding hands with us in a circle at the end of our meetings as we prayed and sang:
“Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh
Shadows of the evening steal across the sky.
When the morning wakens, then may I arise
Pure and fresh and sinless, in Thy holy eyes.” *
She didn’t do anything outstanding by the world’s standards. She simply, humbly, lived a life of service one ordinary day at a time. But this little girl was watching, and she left me a legacy of faith, strength, grace, wisdom and a life well lived.
As Pastor Doug said, “The way we live our lives will have lasting effects long after we’re gone - good or bad.”
* ”Now the Day Is Over” Sabine Baring-Gould