Dear Friends & Family,

This week marked the 6th Birthdays of two of our granddaughters.  Josephine and Fallon were born less than 12 hours apart on April 27 & 28, 2012.  We call them Phenie and Fallon.  Here’s a picture of the two of them dancing together this Easter.

Since our first grandchild, Haley, was born in 2001, God has taught me so much through these incredible kids.  Kathy teases by saying, “Grandchildren are your reward for not doing away with your teenagers!!”  We currently have 18 grandkids…and counting (our son Thomas isn’t married yet!)

I believe God uses grandchildren to teach us spiritual truth.  Here are 5 things God has taught me through my grandkids:

  1. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE—God has taught me about His unconditional love through my grandkids. I love my grandkids, not because of what they do, but because of who they are.That’s how God loves me!

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).

  1. EXPONENTIAL LOVE—Imagine your love capacity could be measured in pounds so that the total weight of your love weighed 100 pounds.You would think that by having 5 grandkids, each one would receive 20 pounds of your love.  But that isn’t the way it works.  With each new grandchild the capacity of my love for each one grows exponentially.  So I love each individual more the more grandkids God gives me.  This is an amazing experience and taught me about God’s love for us, His children!

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1a).

  1. EACH ONE IS SPECIAL—When I look at the faces of my grandkids, my heart soars within me!  Each one brings me delight.  Each one is special and unique, with special gifts, talents, personality, quirks, and needs.  I don’t love them in a lump, but I love each one individually and consider each one special to me.

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other” (Romans 12:4–5).

 

  1. EACH ONE CRAVES MY ATTENTION—I continued a tradition with my grandkids that I began with my kids: to take each one out on their Birthday.  I want them to feel special, and it is a great opportunity for me to talk with them about the Lord, and to give them my attention.  On those days I leave my world and enter theirs.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” (Psalm 139:17).

  1. EACH ONE NEEDS MY BLESSING—Just as God affirms me as His child who He loves and values, so too each of my grandkids need my blessing.  They need to hear from my lips that I love them, value them, and that they belong.  Listen to how desperately Esau desired his father’s blessing in the passage below.

When Esau heard his father’s words, he let out a loud and bitter cry. ‘Oh my father, what about me? Bless me, too!’ he begged” (Genesis 27:34).

These incredible grandkids have taught me much about my Heavenly Father: that He loves me unconditionally, exponentially, that I am special to Him, I crave His attention and need His blessing.  This causes me to pray, “Thank you, Father, for the indescribable blessing of my grandchildren.  May each of them grow up to love you with their whole heart.  In Jesus’ name I ask this.  Amen.”

Onward blessed,

Pastor Gary