A short hop, skip, and jump from Hardy, VA and the birthplace of Booker T. Washington and we found our way to the home of Patrick Henry of Revolutionary War fame.  It is another beautiful spot nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. His house has been reconstructed to what it was like when he lived there and his law office and grave site are close by.  Notable on the grounds is a huge orange tree that was growing there when he lived on the property.

Henry is best remembered for his outspoken oratory during the war for independence.  His words “Give me liberty or give me death” remain with us to this day.

For what would we like to be remembered?  What bit of wisdom or oratory or kindness would we like to live on in the memory of others long after we have left this earth?  It’s something to think about.  I’m sure Patrick Henry didn’t say what he said to be remembered, and yet we remember him for saying it.  How will we be remembered?

Take a moment to consider the grace bestowed upon you and reflect on what of that grace you would like to leave as a legacy.  Too often we think that we do not matter and no one will remember us.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  We each have things we have said and done – and perhaps even without our intention – that are remembered by others as grace.

Perhaps we should take some time today to be intentional about what we would like others to remember.  Thinking about it, and acting on it, does not ensure that someone will remember us in this way, but it makes us more aware of the grace we can and should share with others now.

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