Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers.”
7-year-old Patrick (in church): “I’m going to be so jealous when you die.”
Patrick: “Because you’re going to get to see God before I do.”
He gets it.
I’m not sure I find it entirely comforting that my grandson is pondering my death. But seriously, as Solomon is telling us it is a great thing to have grandchildren who know the God of their grandparents. In ancient Israel, the reverent term for grandfather was “Old man.” Knowing that our children and grandchildren know the Savior and have a grasp, however basic, of eternity is powerful. It signifies the cutting of the curse – “to the third and fourth generation.” I can reflect the “blessing to a thousand generations.” We have a responsibility as parents to raise our children with a God consciousness, and as grandparents to reinforce those truths. Today, consider your place in the lineage: child – love God, parent – teach the Savior, and grandparent – model a mature faith.
“But showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:6 NASB