A Spiritual Journey - A Mother's Day Tribute

A short biography of an unknown, but truly "virtuous woman."

   Glass Home Born to Dolphus and Grace Matilda Glass on Feb. 3, 1932, number 7 of 9 children, in Fallentimber, PA; Grace grew up during the days of the Depression. Grace as a child As she often stated, “We had to work hard just to keep body and soul together.” Opportunities did not abound, but when she was 13, a Godly couple sent her to a Christian camp. It was there she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior from sin.

Grace teaching children

     No one taught her to teach, or even that she should teach, but she immediately gathered the neighborhood children about her and told them the things that she had learned from the Bible. She even organized a Christmas program that year at the small church she attended.

    Grace-graduation At 18 she boarded a train to Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania to take a job. She was picked up by an older woman who also invited her to church. In Jan. 1951, a young man noticed the new addition. Two months later he called her roommate and arranged a blind date with the unsuspecting Grace to hear Percy Crawford preach. She was so nervous, that later that evening she spilt a milkshake on her date, and then left the flower he had gotten her behind. However, on June 23, 1951, at age 19, Grace married Bill Seiders, only 3 months after she had met him. That marriage lasted over 53 years.

                                                                     Bill & Grace wedding

     Sixteen months later her first child, William, Jr. arrived. It wasn’t until Jan. of 1958 that I made my debut, and 3½ years later Dan made his appearance.

              Grace and baby

     There is a life time of stories to tell of my mom, but I want to concentrate on the most important memories – the spiritual ones.

     She led both Bill and I to the Lord herself. I was only 4 or 5, but I do remember that day. (Dan was saved later as a teen at church.)

     Every day, before we were allowed out the door to get on the school bus, Mom prayed with us; although sometimes a little faster if the bus was coming down the road – or waiting. Every night she tucked each one of us in separately, often scratching our backs, but always praying with us. We always went to sleep feeling secure.

    Grace outside As a child I remember my mother teaching 5-day clubs under our neighbor’s tree; studying and cutting out flannel graph for DVBS each year, leading children to the Lord; teaching Beginners’ Church, and at the same time teaching a 13 year old how to teach; winding bandages on “Tinker Toy” frames, and sewing baby gowns for a medical missionary in Africa; and buying, packing, and shipping boxes of much needed clothing for another missionary family in June for a Christmas box, because it took 6 months to get to Kenya. There were often other missionaries who sat at our table, telling us all about their mission fields too.

     All the time she was teaching and living the Word of God before us. She told me that when she didn’t know what to do in life, especially with us kids, she would just stop and pray until the Lord gave her the answer. The she did it.

                                                                               Grace-1979

     As she got older, her ministries matured as well. She discipled newly saved ladies one by one, taught the ladies’ Sunday School class, joined choir, and eventually went on rest home ministry about twice a week.

     Not all her ministries were seen. Mom supported a number of missionaries and ministries throughout the years: especially those that translated, printed, distributed, or preached the Word of God. When my dad’s parents got sick, it was Mom who cared for them without complaint. She had to drop all other ministries for those years, but she told me that the Lord finally ended her unrest about it by showing her that her ministry was right where she was. Then she was content.

Grace & granddaughters

     As a grandmother she taught her granddaughters the principles of God, and tried to teach me how to raise them. She took them for a complete summer, and had the oldest live with them 8 months so she could mature a little before leaving for college. The older woman was teaching the younger ones.

  Grace, 60 When she could, she went back to rest home ministries. At age 60 she started singing for that outreach, and did as long as possible. At the age of 72, her last public ministry was on April 21 of 2004. She sang "Nearer Still Nearer" and "Harbored in Jesus" at a local rest home.

     She also returned to caretaking after my 14 year old daughter and I were in a car accident in 2000. Almost every weekend for a year she came 97 miles to meet our needs. Even then she would occasionally go to a rest home with people from our church and sing. When I was diagnosed with cancer, she came and stayed every other week to meet the physical needs of our family, not even knowing that she was sicker than I.

                                                                               Grace, July 10, 2004

     My mom’s character was always one exemplifying the fruit of the Spirit. She loved sinners without condoning sin. She was joyful – always with a song in her heart or on her lips. She was peaceful, with an evident contentment to those around her. She was patient. She dealt with difficult people and circumstances with Christ-like grace, long before “What would Jesus do?” She gave sacrificially. She forgave. She constantly taught and reached out to others. Most of all, she was strong, because of a complete trust in the One who saved her.

                                    

    I believe my mother’s 59 years of closeness with the Lord gave her a longing for Heaven, as well as a sense that it was time for her to go home. Even after we knew she was to go through a very dangerous surgery, she wanted my youngest daughter to go on a foreign missions trip, and not stay home on her account. The day of surgery she told me she expected to see the Lord that day. She also told my sister-in-law that she would be in Heaven soon. When she did “come to” after the surgery, she expressed disappointment at still being here; she longed for her heavenly home. Finally on Tuesday, August 17, 6:35 PM, the Lord came for her. Now she is in Glory with her beloved Lord and Savior, forever, without any of the sin or pain of this world.

     Good-bye for a time, Mom. We love you. Soon we’ll see you and rejoice together before our Lord.

                         Grace, July 4, 2004                        

In loving memory of

Grace G. Seiders

Feb. 3, 1932 – Aug. 17, 2004

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A Virtuous Woman

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 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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