Today we celebrate the birthdays of two of our grandsons, both born on the same date, just 3 years apart. Birthdays cause us to reflect on the passage of time. They are a time of remembering how things used to be as compared to how they are now. Our grandson, Josh, was our first grandchild. He enjoyed the status of being the family favorite for nearly three years. Inquisitive, talkative, and very much enjoyed being the center of attention.
This year, Josh entered university at UCCS in pursuit of a degree in some aspect of the medical field. During the in between years, he’s been successful in his school work, participated in soccer, lacrosse, track and has been a leader in a group called Fellowship of Christian Athletes. From that talkative, inquisitive lad, he has become a quiet and confident leader. Where has the time gone?
His brother, Matt, born three years later, to the day, started life as a quiet strong willed child. His loving parents carefully but intentionally, molded that strong willed child into a gentle giant, nearly the tallest member of the family. Matt is 16 this year and ready to begin his driving experience. He’s putting his size and athletic ability to use as a lineman for his high school team. He, too, is viewed as a leader and has assumed a leadership role in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
We began our journey as grandparents 19 years ago and life has never been the same. Parents are busy going to children’s activities. Grandparents are kept busy attending even more children’s activities. Up to this point, few events have been more rewarding than attending a high school graduation. Baptisms are among those few events. To be a witness to the 2nd generation stepping through significant life milestones is a gift from God. The love, admiration, and, yes, pride, one feels as they grow is beyond words.
The world our grandchildren are entering is very different from the one we knew. They have access to a fast changing world of technology. We now have e-relationships, e-church, buying online, and we look to our phones for directions to destinations. We see people sitting in the same room texting each other rather than talking. Communication skills using more than 140 characters, are diminishing. The ability to spell, and express oneself in written form is being left to a select few. Even those who believe they should author a book use ghost writers.
Expressions of faith are being banned from the public square or any public setting such as school. Prayer is talked about as an expression of caring for the sick, needy, and unemployed, but we dare not name the One to whom we pray.
Yes, our grandchildren are being asked to lead in a world of changing, in my view, declining mores. Yet, the world in which we lead is very different from the one my grandfather knew. He was a traveler and would have loved to share my travel experiences. He did move the family from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Atwater, California and back, no small feat in the 1920’s and early 1930’s. the years of the great depression.
My prayer is that my grandchildren will lead and live from the platform of my prayers, just as I lead and live on the prayers of my forefathers. I have a prayer and songbook from my great grandmother in the foyer of our home. To me that book is a symbol of a faithful great grandmother who prayed for her children and their children and their children after that.
The One to whom we pray is unchanged by time or circumstances. He is faithful God throughout the generations, who gives us strength to lead and build the best possible world we can for our children, grandchildren, and their children after them. Our God responds to the prayers of His children. God has prepared each of us to lead and live in the world in which He has placed us. Let us not lose faith, rather pray continually knowing that God is still the God who created the universe and has His hand on our lives.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He cause His face to shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord turn His face to you, and give you peace. Leading from this peace, the peace that passes all understanding and gives us strength to deal with the changing pressures of society, will give you a timeless and eternal perspective regarding life on this earth.
Grateful for today’s celebration!