I never knew you, never will
Till I walk on gilded shores
But I'm descended from your line
Your oldest granddaughter.
Your life was broken, marred by sin
Rev’ling, adultery, drugs
You yielded daily to the pull
Of Satan’s darkest night.
Was there a sin left uncommitted?
In your life on earth
Is left unanswered; your brokenness
Was evident to all.
Yes, I’ll never know you here on earth
But in bright eternity
Face to face I’ll see you there
Where sin can reign no more.
For like the thief hung on the cross
And said “remember me”
Jesus found you, late in life.
And brought salvation free.
But few months had passed you o’er
'Fore addictions’ final blow
Your years of death had claimed your life
Yet for you life had begun.
So long for now, my grandfather;
I’ve the rest of life to live.
One day, one perfect, glori’us day
We'll meet on yonder shore.
My grandfather passed away in 1997. I never knew him; he was an evil man most of the days of his life. After seven marriages, drugs, achohol abuse, and countless other forms of brokenness, he found Christ. Like the thief on the cross, he cried out to God in the last months of his life, and was saved by the powerful blood of Jesus. I never met him, nor did he even ever know I existed, likely; but I do know that he called many of the people in his life to ask forgiveness, and to tell them of the saving power found in the blood of Jesus. Therefore I am confident that my grandfather, marred by decades of sin against God, was saved in the GREAT mercy of God. I was inspired to write this poem recently, as the novel I am writing made me think of his life.