The Not-So-Grand Side of Grandparenting


“My two grandsons, who live far away, have no interest in knowing who I am. How do I pray for them and find a way to connect?” The pain behind this grandparent’s question is real and not at all uncommon. There are many of us with teenage or young adult grandchildren with whom we find it increasing difficult to stay connected. How should we pray about situations like this? What can we do to build meaningful connections with them?

Of First Importance!

Resurrection Tomb

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile… (I Cor. 15:17)


What would you say if one of your grandchildren or adult children were to ask you what you believe is the most important thing you know? The apostle Paul’s answer to that question is the resurrection of Jesus… and our promised resurrection when Christ returns.

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins (the reason we observe Good Friday), that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (vs. 3-4).

Is There Laugher in Your Walls?


“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”  Luke 6:21

Many years ago, Bob Benson wrote about the house he built for his family. He reminisced about all the years of wonderful memories crowded into every corner, room and nook of their home. In the end Benson wrote of those autumn years of life: “Peg and I now sit quietly by the fire and listen to the laughter in the walls.”  What are the sounds that will be heard in the walls of your home? 

Are You an In-Spite-Of or If-Only Grandparent?


“Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.”  Prov. 14:13

Most of us love being around people who laugh regularly and robustly. I know I find myself laughing more when I am around people who laugh well—those who seem to be able to laugh in spite of the circumstances around them. I am impacted by people who laugh easily in spite of and seldom because of anything in particular. 

If only people, on the other hand, rarely laugh. They are too focused on their sad state of affairs: if only our finances were better; if only other people would treat me better; if only I had talent like that person. If only people tend to laugh at people rather than with them. They are more likely to snivel and see themselves as victims. It is too hard for them to see through the circumstances and see the gracious hand of God at work in the pain.   

Fearful or Fearless?

Worried Woman

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity [fear], but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7

It is a presidential election year. Have you noticed how many people are driven by fear in their choices for a presidential candidate? The constant messages of nominee front-runners feed on the fears of people because they know that people are often manipulated by the candidates’ abilities to use forceful, charismatic appeals to both real and imaginary fears. We are seeing more and more votes driven by emotions and fear rather than thoughtful evaluation of a person’s character and qualifications to lead this nation.

Fear is a strong motivational force, but it can also paralyze so that appropriate action is not taken when action is needed. In my travels and conversations with grandparents, it is not uncommon to encounter those who are paralyzed by the fear of inadequacy, or the fear that the generation gap is so huge we could never relate to one another. After all, why would either be interested in what the other has to say?

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