Friday, June 9, 2017
"Until the First Grandchild"
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."
1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Recently I receive, and readily embrace, this sweet, unexpected note and drawing from our oldest granddaughter, Virginia Rose.
Here is what she wrote:
I love you so much! And you're my favorite Gammie in the entire world! Also, you bring my heart up when you are here, and my heart is down when you are not here. I love you. You're mine.
Oh, how my heart soars and sings at Virginia's beautiful message! And I so love what she says as it reminds me of those times when we feel that God is not present. Those times when He feels so far away from our needs, our wants, our petitions and prayers.
My heart is down when you're not here.
Reality? God is always here with us; it is we who create the distance.
Virginia's heart is cast down, and so is mine, when I'm not with her. I adore this amazing child, and I'd like nothing better than to be able to see her each and every day! But you know what? God feels the same way. He desires to spend time with us, to have conversations, to provide those reassuring, comforting hugs, if and when we choose to spend time with Him in prayer. There is nothing to compare to talking with and listening to our Father who knows all our needs before we ask.
The Lord, our God, has loved us with an everlasting love, one that will never fail, and one that has been witnessed throughout the ages. And at times, I think, His great love is perfected in the gift of grandchildren. So I leave you all with these inspirational and joyful quotes about what it means to be a grandparent.
Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. ~Welsh Proverb
It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace. ~Christopher Morley
If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first. ~Lois Wyse
Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old. ~Mary H. Waldrip
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. ~Proverb
Posterity is the patriotic name for grandchildren. ~Art Linkletter
Oh, how much our grandchildren can teach us about God's abiding and steadfast love!
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