A GRAND-Parent’s Love

Rising this morning, I read in 2 Thessalonians how Paul started his letter to the people in Thessalonica. It read, “May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Grace and Peace – so needed in our daily walk with God. Grace, to let us know that our sins are covered with Jesus’ love. Peace, to fill our hearts full of His love throughout our day.

In thinking about God’s love, and a Grandparent’s love…it seems they are similar in many ways. So forgiving, so accepting, so much fun! In 2 Thessalonians, Paul wrote, “we always thank God for you…we proudly tell…and God will provide rest for you…”

When we think about our grandchildren, we are so thankful for them, so proud of them, and ready to provide rest for them. God feels the same about us. Parents, on the other hand, need to do their “job.” I did mine as a parent. I was instructive, strict, and busy! I’m not saying my children didn’t receive love, but it was very different than the love I offer to my grandchildren. I had three boys to raise! I wanted them to be everything they could be, and I am so proud of them today! But with grandchildren, the intention is different. The intention is to love them, and to love them, and to love them. To let them know that their mistakes, their failures, and even their “messiness” is not a problem. When having breakfast with our granddaughter, Kylie, age 8, she spilled an entire glass of orange juice! As a parent I would have reacted differently. But as a grandparent, I can calmly clean up the mess, tell her it’s okay, and help her get into new clothes - letting her know she is loved and forgiven instantly. Because there is nothing more important in the moments we are with our grandchildren, than the moments we are with them.

Believe me, I have changed. Our family likes to remember the Bill Cosby routine where he wonders who his mother has become now that she is a Grandma. He says, “This is not the same woman I grew up with! This is an old woman trying to get into Heaven now.” That’s me! My boys roll their eyes when I squirt whipped cream into their children’s mouths, or quickly scoop them up when they are crying to comfort them, or spoil them in a hundred different ways. Our job is to spoil, and to enjoy. Our job is to be proud and tell everyone how adorable our grandchildren are. It doesn’t matter the “offense.” We forgive, we hug, and we encourage!

While Searching And Noticing the Divine today, maybe slipping our thoughts about our Heavenly Father into a Grand-Father roll will help us truly receive the grace and peace that Paul wrote about. Let’s not be so hard on ourselves! God’s love is amazingly patient. Our Father is the same yesterday, today and forever. And our Grand-Father isn’t just trying to get intoHeaven…He’s already there!!

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted,
seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
Isaiah 6:1