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Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, … (Proverbs 17:6a).
Of the Word
Someone once joked, “Grandchildren are the reward for outlasting your children.” It has a grain of truth. Parents want to provide the best for their child just as God in Christ Jesus has provided the best for His children. Even though for earthly parents that desire often turns into a self-imposed obligation to be a “perfect” parent — which may create stress, mistakes, and guilt — this is never the case for our perfect Heavenly Father.
Grandchildren are an entirely different story. A grandparent knows how quickly childhood passes and that perfection is impossible. A grandparent has learned that no chore is more important than playing; no book should remain unread; no paycheck can equal a welcome-home smile. A grandparent just wants to live in the present with this treasured “present” from God, our Father.
When grandchildren run across a room for a hug, when you receive a kiss that tastes like jelly, when they cradle your face in their hands and include you in their prayers, you feel like royalty!
Walking with my Lord
Lord, thank You for the gift of grandchildren with whom I can share Your unconditional love. In Your joy-giving name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Everyday Celebrations. Authors: Elaine Bickel and Jan Struck. 25/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40195
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