This was one of my recent devotionals from ‘Right From the Heart’ Ministries. Since I’m the proud Nana of four grand-blessings, it puts the relationships into perspective.
I only remember my maternal grandparents. I have some of the sweetest, precious, and warm memories of our visits. They lived in another state, and the distance was maybe 15 plus hours by car, probably much longer before the interstates were built. We visited once a year for about two weeks. That was the only time spent with my seven cousins. These were times I haven’t taken for granted.
Grandparents and GrandchildrenIsn’t it amazing how the normal conflicts in the parent-child relationship don’t seem to be a problem with grandparents and grandchildren? Now, grandparents may have old-fashioned values, but they’re loved and admired by their grandchildren.
What do you think of when you think of a beloved grandparent? Even hardened cynics often get misty-eyed when recalling memories of a grandparent, yet grandparents are often the forgotten victims of divorce and separation. In June of 2000, the Supreme Court defended the parents’ right to restrict or cut off ties with the grandparents of their children. Such a sad state of mind.
Parents, let’s do all we can to enhance the relationship between our children and their grandparents. It’s part of their heritage that they need to understand. It’s part of their identity that makes them whole. God’s Word says, “Grandchildren are the crown of old men.” If at all possible, don’t deny them their crown.