With my ever-increasing busy schedule, I haven’t gotten to see much of my grandparents lately. This is unusual since they don’t live all too far away. Normally, we talk on the phone every day, sharing conversation and Bible reading. even that has fallen to the wayside for the most part the last week or so. So, yesterday, I had had enough of it and decided to go see them. I helped with things around their home, I was well-fed (always a perk of Grandma’s house, “can I get an Amen?”), and we had a great time. This post is really just a shout out to them about how thankful I am to have such wonderful examples of Godly living and compassion right in front of me. I can think of no one who better shows who Christ is than these two. Not to mention my grandpa is about one of the most fun people in the whole wide world. The man can’t walk into a populated area without pulling the leg of some random bystander. And heaven knows where I’d be without a grandmother who has prayed for me every day since discovering her daughter was pregnant.
I am so grateful not only to have them, but also to have them close by. They also bring into sharp relief my sympathy for those, like my mother and grandpa, who never got to meet their parents’ parents. I can’t remotely imagine what life would have been like without their presence and influence. If you have grandparents, please take some time to call or visit or write or something. Don’t underestimate the value of their experience and wisdom and even just their company. There are not many things I can think of off hand that are sadder than nursing homes (thank God mine aren’t there yet!) full of visitor-less inhabitants. And as you go about your business today/tonight, think of this verse as thoughts of the elders you love go through your mind.
“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.” –Proverbs 16:31