SWEET FREEDOM DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Fruitful Golden Years

Lena Andree, Todd Palin's 87-year-old Yup'ik grandmother, talks to reporters recently at her Homer, Alaska home. Andree grew up living between two worlds. Her father was a Dutchman, Glass Eye Billy Bartman, a sled dog freighter in the Bristol Bay region and caretaker of the Alaska Packers saltry on the Igushik River. Her mother was full-blooded Yup'ik, growing up in a sod-roofed barabara in the now-abandoned village of Tuklung. (Photo by Tom Kizzia/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)

The will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green…
Psalm 92:14

Note: since the writing of Sweet Freedom, Todd’s grandmother Lena passed away. This beautiful Yupik Eskimo elder, matriarch to our five generations; was a hard working commercial fisherman who loved God and family so much. She’s been a blessing to our entire state of Alaska.

We’re blessed to have five generations of family around, learning, living, loving together. Todd’s grandmother, a beautiful Eskimo elder, still speaks Yupik and weaves intricate baskets using grass, wood, fur, porcupine needles, and other bits of nature. Lena, who is ninety-five years old as I write, was a hardy commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, setting nets from handmade wooden boats powered on rough waters by only the wind, the tides, and very strong hands.

My in-laws’ store sits on 2nd Avenue in Dillingham, proudly serving the robust fishing community. Every spring the hardware section bustles with activity, the town acting as a hub for surrounding villages preparing for upcoming salmon runs. One summer Bristol and Willow worked there together (pro bono, I hope, based on reports of their horseplay) only to get “fired” together, by their grandmother! Nepotism schmepotism. It’s inspirational to see how God has used – and is using – Lena to faithfully teach the hard lessons of love, life, and commerce to family and her Alaskan community.

Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, be faithful to your calling and community. Don’t let past wrongs or regrets build in your soul so it can remain free for the Holy Spirit’s filling.

Click here for more information on Sarah Palin’s devotional book: Sweet Freedom

37 COMMENTS

  1. Love the Sweet Freedom saying “Today be faithful
    to your calling and community”…need to also add Country…God Bless Lena

  2. My 97-year-old mother broke her arm in a fall last Wednesday; after three nights in the hospital, rehab starts today at home. My cooking is a great incentive for her healing! I look into her eyes and my fears go away.

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