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May - Pastor's Message

posted May 11, 2015, 7:57 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated May 11, 2015, 7:57 PM ]
Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children. --Proverbs 17:6

With Mother's Day and graduations, May is a month for celebrating family relationships and accomplishments.

I remember hearing Jay Leno address the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren during monologues on The Tonight Show.  Once he commented: "The reason the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is so strong is that they share a common enemy!"  Another time Leno stated that "Studies of the relationship between grandchildren and grandparents show that if they had known how much fun it was to have grandchildren, grandparents would have done this before having children of their own."

Grandparents have a unique roll and influence in the lives of their grandchildren.  I was thinking about what Paul wrote to the newly ordained pastor, Timothy: I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice . . .  Timothy's faith was nurtured by both his mother and grandmother.  

Parents and grandparents both have a strong influence on the lives of children.  That reality was confirmed again in a recent study out of Princeton University.  Children from traditional families (defined as a mother and father who are married to each other) fare better in education and relationships than children raised in what this study called "fragile families" (defined as children growing up with a single parent, or in a household where there may be two adults, but only one is a biological parent).  Children raised in the traditional family -- including an intergenerational component -- also have greater economic stability than children from fragile families.  

The benefits of the traditional family (including grandparents) can't be emphasized enough.  But we know that we don't live in a perfect world.  Christian marriages can be rocky and some break up.  Children in these circumstances need their extended family for support all the more!  God gives that stability and blessing to children through Godly grandparents.

Grandparents often have more wisdom and perspective than younger parents who are busy trying to make a living and hold the family together.  Christian grandparents can also be a source of encouragement for children who have strained relationship with their parents.  No matter what Jay Leno said, grandparents loved and nurtured their children-turned-parents before the grandchildren came along.  And once a parent, always a parent when it comes to loving your kids. 

God created the family to be a strong foundation for culture.  This month, let's pray for families in our nation and around the world -- that God will strengthen these most significant relationships!

In Christ,
Pastor Lori