Grandparenting: Where Grace Meets Experience
Brent Van Elswyk, Associate Pastor of Families & Counseling / Teaching Pastor
October 14, 2014
Deut. 4:9 “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
Grandparenting is a sacred trust and an earned privilege as part of God’s perfect plan for His people. It was His plan for grandparents to bring to the relationships with their grandchildren both the experience of God’s grace and the grace of life’s experience! Grandparents have the opportunity to pass on this “experience-based wisdom” about the grace of God to help their grandchildren come “to know Christ, to grow in Christ, and to go for Christ”. As we go through life we gain experience-based wisdom from seeing with our own eyes and from understanding with our own hearts the grace of God active in our life. What we have seen we are “not to forget”, and what we have understood we are “not to let slip from our hearts” so that we may pass it on to our grandchildren!
Grandparents, you play a vitally important role, not only by providing security in an insecure world, but by acting as a spiritual catalyst, demonstrating the reality of life in Christ. Model your relationship with your grandchildren after God’s relationship with you - “As God is to me, so I must be to my grandchildren!” That is the beauty and the miracle of God’s grace and your experience - it is never too late to experience the grace of God and to pass it on to others. Make it your goal to pass on to your grandchildren what you have seen with your eyes and what you have understood with your heart! Be a blessing by always pointing your grandchildren to God’s grace; be a witness by always telling them of God’s power and grace; and be an example by always showing them what it means to live a life of faith and trust in a sovereign God! Grandparenting: where grace meets experience!