BODY & SOUL
Grandparents The good and the bad
Don and Nancy Short with their grandson Gabriel Joseph Short
By Don Short
or many children grandparents play a very important role in their lives. They love to visit and spend time with their grandparents. A friend of mine recently shared how she and her boyfriend dropped in to visit her grandparents on the way back from New Orleans. Grandpa was sitting in his rocking chair as usual, and they had a very nice time during their visit. It was beautiful seeing her face light up as she was sharing her story. One could easily tell the time they spent together was filled with much love and great joy. Grandparents keep family history alive and often help guide their grandchildren as they are in the process in finding their place 16
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in the world. Some grandparents start and help maintain healthy family traditions that facilitate in keeping the family together and thriving. I know of a grandmother who cooks a meal on a weekly basis for all of her children and grandchildren. This is a tradition that helps keep the family together. Often grandparents are a valuable resource for grandchildren looking for assistance in navigating through difficult family situations. Grandparents for many grandchildren serve as a source of safety and protection. Proverbs 20:7 states “The righteous leads
blameless lives; blessed are their children.” In Proverbs 22:6 we are told to “Train up a
child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.” It is never too late to start living righteously and to start training our child and grandchildren in God’s ways.
Changing times Sometimes grandparents have a difficult time keeping up with and understanding all the changes in technology. I have heard more than one grandparent complain about the quantity of time their grandchildren are playing on their iPads and iPhones. They yearn for more social interaction and find it difficult to get them off their electronic gadgets.