Words from the Heart for Saturday October 28th, 2017
Grandchildren are like a crown to older people. And children are proud of their parents.
Proverbs 17:6 (NIRV)
Children and Grandchildren
God really does want to bless our families and teach us His ways. When we follow His ways of honouring, this brings joy even to our grandparents. They delight in grandchildren who please the Lord. And, parents can know the Lord’s wisdom so that they are a blessing to their children. Broken relationships between the generations bring many wounds. Despite the past, the Lord can start a new future right now.
The majority of Canadian children live with their parents – 88% – with no grandparents in the home. You might be surprised to learn, however, that 656,200 children aged 0 to 24 live with their grandparents, either with or without a middle generation present. This accounts for nearly 7% of the total population in this age group. Among the grandchildren who lived with their grandparents, 62% lived with two parents, 29% lived with one parent, and the remainder (9%) lived only with grandparents in a skip-generation household.
Most grandparents I know love that role. They get to spoil the grandkids, play with them, give them treats, take them for rides in the car and then send them home! This is nothing new. More than three millennia ago, King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 17:6, “Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.” I’m thinking Solomon wrote these words later in his life – after he became a grandfather. I have four grandchildren and number five is on the way. I love them all and I really like the description Solomon uses here that they are my crown. What convicts me is the second statement that Solomon makes here – parents are the pride of their children. In order to be a grandfather, I obviously have to have had children. And no matter how old I get, Solomon reminds me that I need to live my life in a way that makes my children, the parents of my grandchildren, proud of me. As I have all of my life, my desire still is to live in such a way that they see Jesus in me. I pray that is your desire as well.
These have been words from the heart.