Timothy’s grandmother Lois was a person of living faith. Lois passed on her faith to her daughter and grandson (2 Timothy 1:5). In this part of the Bible we hear how older generations played a part in growing the faith of younger generations. This faith would grow deep roots and wide branches, bearing fruit within the world. Sometimes these older generations may not see the work of planting these seeds or the growth of faith. They have great trust in the work of the Holy Spirit to continue this good work.
Today we focus on the gift of grandparents. They can play a very special part in communicating faith and values to their grandchildren. In their calling as elders in the faith – with the foundation of deep roots, the firmness of a strong trunk and branches that spread wide – they have wonderful gifts to offer both their own grandchildren and those in their larger church family.
We can be thankful for these gifts;
Self-worth – children feel great when their grandparents give them positive recognition and unconditional love
Heritage – whether they are close by or far away, grandparents can do much to give children a sense of their identity and belonging
Acceptance – children need to know that the adults who are important to them accept their enthusiasm, ideas and activities. Such acceptance by grandparents is hugely affirming for grandchildren.
Love – the gift of ‘I will be there for you at all times’. Whether spoken aloud, written in a letter, or shown by deeds – will always be the most treasured and remembered gift of all.
Thank and bless your children’s grandparents for what they offer! Remind them that they have a special God-given role and calling.
Written by Rachel Schilling