Each year, Bailie’s class hosts one mass. This year, like many in the past, Bailie was chosen to read. As she practiced the Psalm at home, we talked about Great Grandma June’s graveside service. Pastor Monte had told the story of how Grandma June was very upset when the translation was updated from greener pastures to verdant pastures. Her point of view was that all people identified with green but most would not know what color verdant was (or that it was a color). Of course, Grandma June’s favorite color was green.
The Lord is my Shepherd;
I shall not want.
In verdant pastures He gives
Before restful waters He leads
me; He refreshes my soul. (etc)
So I challenged my by-the-book daughter to reword to Grandma June’s way to honor her memory. She was very reluctant, but thought about it for a while. I was very happy the next afternoon when she reported that she did read the passage Grandma June’s way. What a great way to honor her!