8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Reading this text, one memory was strong in my ‘COVID’ laden brain – my grandmother, Doris Hornick. My grandmother was not only my grandmother, she was my mentor. I often reflect on how I would not be where I am today if it was not for her. Growing up, my grandparents raised my sister and I because both of our parents worked and were often not home and back then daycare centers did not exist. You relied on family to watch your young ones and that was my grandparents.
My grandmother was one of a kind and pretty much a patron saint of Lake Avenue (Boonton), She was even crowned a Morris County legend at one point, mainly for her community work with the Presbyaires where she would play piano for the group and travel and perform at nursing homes all over Morris County. She was very active in our church (First Presbyterian) and often dragged my sister and I along to events (sometimes against our will, but it grew on us). She cared deeply for her family and for our neighborhood and neighbors. The coffee pot was always on and ready to go and she always had Entenmann’s cakes ready to be shared with whoever stopped by. She LOVED to perform on her piano, whether it be for the neighbors, her family, at First Presbyterian, or any of the other churches in town. She was silly, kind, fair, stern, faithful, and most of all humble. She did all of these things out of love and compassion and never wanted anything in return.
As I grew older, I too, began volunteering and helping others whether it was organizing park and river cleanups, joining the volunteer fire department, or eventually becoming a Deacon. When someone would ask why I do all this, my answer was always the same: my grandmother. She taught me to be kind, to love, to care for others and to always be humble. My grandmother, Doris Hornick IS this text: To do justice, to love and show kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Thank you, Grandma. Xoxo
God, during these challenging times, continue to remind me and others to be more like my grandmother Doris – to show love and compassion; to be fair and kind and to most of all, be humble. Amen