Earlier this week I blogged about my grandma's prayer legacy, and I mentioned that the character Grandma Lucy who first appears in Turbulence is based off her.
Today I'm sharing a snippet from Turbulence that will give you a little insight into the boldness of Grandma Lucy and why so many fans of the Kennedy Stern series have grown to admire Kennedy's new friend.
“I’ve given my word,” he explained. “It’s time for me to kill a hostage.”
Grandma Lucy swept the girl behind her. “Then you’ll kill a hostage whose soul is ready to enter paradise, and you’ll leave this poor child out of it.” She sucked in her breath, stuck out her chest, and waited.
The air in the cabin changed. Denser now. Was anybody on board still breathing?
The man shrugged. “A hostage is a hostage.” He held out his gun until the barrel was only a foot away from Grandma Lucy’s forehead.
She didn’t flinch. “Before you kill me, there’s something I’d like to tell you. Something your audience might be interested in hearing.”
He raised an eyebrow impatiently. “Yeah? What’s that?”
She tilted up her chin. “That Jesus Christ is the risen Savior of the world. He is my shepherd, my redeemer, my healer, and my coming king. If you kill me, my soul will leave this broken jar of clay and enter into the presence of God.”
For those of you who might not know this, Grandma Lucy's character is based off my own grandmother, who slipped away to receive her eternal reward just a couple weeks before I started writing.