Matthew 18:1-4 – At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (NASB)
My husband and I had the privilege of celebrating Christmas and the New Year with both of our daughters. My oldest daughter, Christine, entered into a lifelong vocation called "motherhood" just over a year ago, and my husband and I entered into a lifelong relationship with our grandchild, Sierra.
A grandchild is a gift from God. It is to give grandparents a second chance at finally being on an even level with a child.
A child needs a lot of patience and love, which I, as I get older, seem to have acquired somehow. When I play "I'm gonna catch you!" with my grandchild, I really do catch her. This will soon end as Sierra will outrun her grandparents. I love reading to her, and when Sierra points to something, I know she wants to hear the name of what it is. Familiar words bring a smile to her face. The happy sounds she makes when she laughs melt my heart. When she reaches out her hands to me to be picked up, I am overjoyed. I can hardly wait for the day when she says, "Hi, Grandma!" or "Hi, Grandpa!" I love holding her for hours and singing to her. And in the not-too-distant future (time really flies by, as one gets older) as Sierra slowly grows into a young woman, some things will change, but a listening ear, a hug and a kiss will never go out of style.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for grandchildren. May we continue to learn from each other. Grant us patience, understanding and love as we fulfil our roles as grandparents. Amen.