Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
Grandfathers are just antique little boys.
Grandparents are important.
Notice these statistics:
- Someone turns 50 years of age every six seconds and people over 50 account for 43% of all U.S. households.
- The over-85 age group is the fastest growing segment of the population and the number of citizens over 85 will double by 2030.
- The U.S. population age 65 and over is expected to double in size within the next 25 years.
- Life expectancy at the turn of the century was approximately 46 years; today it is approximately 76 years
We live in a culture that promotes youthfulness and denies the importance of the elderly. But the Bible Bible calls us to instead honor the aged.
“You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:32)
Since I became a grandparent 9 years ago, I’ve discovered that there is a generation gap. I can be so old-fashioned and ‘out of it.’ But there is also a mysterious connection between grandparents and grandchildren. It’s tough growing up in our culture. And grandparents can have an amazing and effective impact for good to the young generation.
Grandparents can communicate a standard of godly and moral living in an ungodly and immoral society. We can be our grandchildren’s spiritual GPS.
But what can a grandparent with limited resources give to a grandchild who has everything? What can a grandparent give to a grandchild that he seldom sees? What can a physically weak grandparent give to highly motivated grandchildren? What can a grandparent give, who has nothing left to give?
This Sunday, June 9, I will be talking about “The Gift of Grandparenting“. Jacob was a grandparent to Ephraim and Manasseh, Joseph’s two sons. You can read in Genesis 48 what he gave his grandsons. He said some things, did some things, and gave them some things that every grandparent can apply to their family. This is also good for parents and grandchildren. This is part of my sermon series, Family Life.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.