Grandparent Teachers

Diane Bloem

READ : Deuteronomy 4:1-9

“What do you hope to get out of being a grandparent?” our son asked me when our first grandchild was born. It took me less than a minute to answer, “A new audience for my stories!”

I sometimes think I have to restrain myself from reminiscing aloud because our children may get tired of my reruns, but grandchildren love to hear our stories over and over. And if our stories reflect the work of God in our lives, we are doing the teaching God wants us to do (Deut. 4:9a).

A young husband and wife were both out of work and afraid of being unable to make house and car payments. No one understood as well as Grandpa and Grandma who had lived through the Great Depression. By telling how God cared for them, taught them to be resourceful, and brought them through the trial, they encouraged the grandchildren to turn to God and trust Him.

Grandparents have a great responsibility to teach their adult children how to grow old with the Lord and to teach grandchildren how to trust God while they are still young. When my mother moved to a nursing home, she gathered spiritual strength and said, “The Lord must have work for me here.” When my father was dying, he found rest in the words, “Be still and know that I am God.” I am inspired by their attitudes.

PRAYER

Dear Father, may our intra-generational teaching bring praise to Your name. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.