Many, many children, when asked if they did something special over the spring break, mentioned spending time with a grandma or grandpa. Faces lit up, and you could see that the time spent together was a time of warmth and love and sometimes, even cousins.
It’s amazing what kids can tell you in the five seconds it takes to get them across the street safely or in a brief conversation on the playground. One student is concerned about her grandpa’s health–he spent spring break in the hospital and is still there. Two boys listened intently to their dad as they walked down the sidewalk together and he was telling them in an animated fashion some story about how “once my father told me. . ,” and a guest teacher nearing retirement age introduced himself to the classes by holding up an ancient-looking copy of a Dr. Seuss book and remembering out loud how his grandma read this book to him, over and over again. He loved that book, and that time that he spent with his grandmother. You could tell by looking at him that he’d give just about anything for one more time.
In Deuteronomy 6:4, Moses shares a special message with Israel. He says,
Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
And in 7:9, he says,
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
I think God has a special place in his heart for grandparents, too, and the conversations and stories that we share together. They may seem like simple, every-day kinds of stories and activities, but they can bring us closer together–and to God.
My grandparents did that for me, and I’m so grateful!
(The picture is of me and my wonderful grandmother, Edythe Young. I couldn’t find one on my computer of my other wonderful grandparents in time for the post. I’ll try to get them up on a post another time. I sure miss them all).