Happy Grandparents Day!
President Jimmy Carter declared that the first Sunday after Labor Day would be set aside to honor and recognize the contributions of grandparents. I want to offer my thanks to all who fill that role in the lives of their grandchildren.
Grandparents do a lot of things to help their children help their own children, and of course that means these are grandchildren. The University of Chicago did a study of over 13,000 grandparents over the age of 50 and determined that many of these caregivers offered financial support, as well as many hours of childcare for their little ones. What I have observed from watching family dynamics is that some of these grandparents end up raising their grandchildren, rather than simply enjoying them for a while and letting them leave.
Another sad reality occurs when these devoted grandparents tell me how much they would like their grandchildren to be involved in the life of the church, but their own grown children do not see the value in it.
One of the more familiar accounts of grandparents is found in Paul’s letter to Timothy, as Paul challenges him to “fan into flame” the faith that was present in his mother and before in his grandmother. Faith in this instance was truly a family tradition of the best kind.
I salute all the godly grandparents who do their best to love and model the love of Christ to their grandchildren, and hope that this weekend is especially meaningful for them.