“I will praise God all my life; I will sing praise to God as long as I live.” Psalm 146:2
This past weekend we were blessed to attend the college graduation of our first grandson, Andrew. What a blessing it has been to see him grow from birth to the fine young man he has become today!
On such an occasion, many memories flood the zone — from carrying him on my forearm as a baby to wrestling with him when he was three or four. When he was 10, he flew from Raleigh, NC to Washington by himself to visit us. He was so talkative when got off the plane, describing every detail of his trip. We toured Washington’s many sites and got to witness from the Senate gallery a roll call vote involving over ninety senators, while I tried to offer a small civics lesson. A couple of summers ago, we welcomed him again at the Capitol, but this time as he joined other members from his college fraternity to cycle from San Francisco to Washington over period of two months to raise awareness and financial support for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
God is the author and creator of the family. He has blessed us with five children and thirteen grandchildren. Four of our children are now raising Christian families of their own. Our fifth child has a disability and continues to live with us. We are so grateful to be a part of God’s plan for his creation and life.
Life is, of course, full of many challenges and over the years we see both ups and downs. Yet, to see your own children move through childhood into the roles of being parents themselves and seeing them extend God’s plan for creation through their children adds to the blessing.
The Book of Proverbs says, “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” (PV 17:6) My wife and I do not care much about crowns, but we are grateful for the family God has given us and the roles of Mom and Dad, and Grammy and Pop Pop that he has accorded us to serve him in his plan for creation.