Basking in the Light of Reflected Glory

And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them; that they may be one, even as we are one; 

John 17:22

Floyd L. Scott was my grandfather on my mother’s side.  He was a brilliant scientist and a shamelessly romantic man.  I was in awe of him.  I seldom understood anything he said and yet I loved hearing him talk.  He always wore a button up shirt (always buttoned up) with a bolo tie and slacks and walked very upright.  He had impeccable manners and was one of the most humble persons I have ever encountered.  One of my sisters coined the name Granddandy for him and it fit so well that we called him that ever since.

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He was the founding engineer of Hughes Tool Company and had several books several inches thick of patents for tools and tool pieces he designed.  Long after his retirement, he was the toast of scientific banquets and honored for his achievements in scientific journals.

What really stands out though is how he treated me and his other grandchildren.  He enjoyed us.  That may not seem like a lot but it was then.  At most family gatherings, grandparents and aunts and uncles were separated from the kids.  We had the kids’ room and the kids’ table and most of the time that’s where we stayed. But Granddandy crossed that barrier – repeatedly.

He taught us to play pool and sail a boat and he loved reciting poetry to us.  He enjoyed us.  He would take us to meet his friends; he was so proud of us and when we were being introduced my grandfather would always say “I’m just basking in the light of reflected glory”.  I didn’t know what that meant then.  All I know is that it gave me the warm fuzzies. It made me feel loved and important and adored.

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Granddandy who had every reason to toot his own horn, to stand proud in his accomplishments, to be too busy, too smart, too old, too whatever to give of himself to his grandchildren the way he did, chose to hold us in high esteem.  He humbled himself to lift us up.  He passed the glory he totally deserved and had every right to hang on to over to us who had done nothing to deserve that glory other than be his grandchildren.

Who does that sound like?

Jesus who also had every reason to toot his own horn, gave of Himself freely, humbly, so that we could be the inheritors of all that was His.   He crossed the barrier that separated us from our heavenly Father and passed the glory that was His on to us.

Because He crossed that barrier, we can dine at the Father’s table.  We aren’t left outside the banquet in a separate room.  And at that table, we find all the blessings God has prepared just for us – one being healing for our physical bodies!

Oh Jesus, how amazing that You would cross that barrier to dine with me.  That You humbly gave up Your glory to pass it on to me that I could be one with my Father just as You are one with Him.  What a privilege to be no longer on the outside looking in, but called to sit at the table and dine on the blessings prepared for me.  Thank You for those blessings and thank You for sharing Your glory and thank You for Granddandy.  Amen.

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