HAPPY GRANDPARENT’S DAY
In celebration of the National Grandparent’s Day I want to recognize and salute the millions of grandparents. The NGD was made official in 1978 by then President Jimmy Carter. In presidential proclamations both present and past acknowledges the priceless family and national contributions our grandparents make. Apostle Paul acknowledges this influence in Timothy’s life.
2 Tim 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
It has been suggested that grandparents are the foundation of the family. I would be remiss not to mention the spiritual influence that grandparents have, especially in today’s society. In a generation where marriage seems to be devaluated, it has become incumbent upon the grandparents to virtually raise the grandchildren. According to the 2012 census report some 657,000 grandparents with disabilities are solely responsible for raising their grandchildren. I do not agree that this arrangement is the perfect will of God, yet I honor those who spend their twilight years raising their grandchildren. Their lifelong plans of leisurely retirement are gladly sacrificed because they love their grandchildren and place their wellbeing more important than their personal plans.
So to the parents of our society the message I lend to you is to man-up and raise your children that God has given you. Pray and work harder with your spouse to keep your marriage together so your children can be raised in the home God designed for them with both Father& Mother. Break loose from the “it’s all about me” attitude that possesses this society and face your responsibilities to raise your own children. I have lived long enough to know that there aren’t many things in life that truly have lasting value, but our kids and grandkids are certainly earth’s greatest treasures.
Due to the large number of ugly divorces and out of wedlock births many grandparents are denied the right to visit their grandchildren. This is not only sad but is inhumanly cruel. For this cause many states have adopted the Grandparent’s Rights Act. This grants a legal protection for grandparents to have and maintain a meaningful relationship with their grandchildren. The rules differ from one state to another so you would need to acquaint yourself with these regulations. Children need the positive influence of the grandparents and the grandparents deserve access to their own flesh and bones. It will add so much to the children and bring one of life’s greatest joys to the grandparents.
So on this National Grandparent’s Day and every other day of the year I say thank God for grandparents. Some of my fondest memories growing up are woven around my grandparents. Both my parents and grandparents are deceased now but I plainly see how much each of them helped to mold my life to become the person I am today.