Timothy’s grandmother Lois was a person of living faith who had passed on her beliefs to her daughter and grandson (2 Timothy 1:5). Grandparents can play a very special part in communicating faith and values to their grandchildren. In their calling as elders in faith they have wonderful gifts to offer:
SELF-WORTH. Children feel great when their grandparents give them positive recognition and unconditional love.
HERITAGE. Whether they close by or far away, grandparents can do much to give children a sense of their identity and belonging.
ACCEPTANCE. Children need to know that the adults who are important to them accept their enthusiasms, ideas and activities. Such acceptance by grandparents is hugely affirming for grandchildren.
LOVE. The gift of “I will be there for you at all times, no matter what” – whether spoken aloud, written in a letter, or shown by deeds – will always be the most treasured and remembered gift of all.
Thank your children’s grandparents for what they offer! Remind them that they have a special God-given role and calling.