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A “GRAND-PARENT”

Proverbs 16:31 contains a gem of divine wisdom our world desperately needs to affirm- “The silver haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness.  ”God does not view older people or gray hair the way many in our culture do.  This bit of divine wisdom reminds us that God’s thoughts very often are not man’s thoughts, and that God often esteems what man tends to eschew.  No matter how culture at large sees gray hair, the church of the living God must affirm the worth and value of older people and we must not diminish the important role they play in our families and in God’s family!

We have a word that describes a gray-haired person whose children now have children- that word is “grandparent!”  Think about that word!  A grandparent has the opportunity to be a“grand”parent! Grandparents have already been around the parenting track more than a few times!  Most of them learned through experience where the potholes and slick spots are located on the race-track of life.   And not a few of them learned many things NOT to do as a parent!  In more cases than not they have invaluable insight and contributions to make to the younger generation struggling with the enormous challenge of being good parents.  We would do well to listen to the counsel and advice of our “grand-parents!”

Erma Bombeck hit the nail on the head about grandparents with this statement- “A grandmother will put the sweater on you when she is cold, feed you when she is hungry, and put you to bed when she is tired.  ”Dave Barry said about grandparents, “You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods of time, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida at the earliest opportunity.  ”  Seriously, grandparents have a grand opportunity to continue helping their families.  What can they do? G- They can set aGodlyexample for young people living in an ungodly age.   R- They can beReliablein a world of where many cannot be trusted to be honest.   A- They can give sound advice in place of the world’s junk-thinking.   N- They canNurturetheir grandchildren when others are too busy for kids.   D-They can giveDirection in a confused world that says any which way will do.   Grandparents - we salute you and thank God for you, for your are truly “grand!”