Posts Categorized: Thinking Out Loud

Loving Grandpareting

0604151906aWhat did I think would happen when she suggested we draw pictures in the back yard using shaving cream?

It started out innocently enough; five cans of shaving cream and each of us to make a design on the grass. We each began our project, picking out a section of the yard to do our artistic best. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed some whispering; not a good sign.

Moment’s later three children are attacking me with shave cream flying, mostly in my direction. Of course, retaliation is in order. Retaliation against the three perpetrators and especially to the instigator.

Once the cans were exhausted I thought the battle would be over, but no. The resourcefulness of my attackers enabled them to scoop up their spent ammo from the ground and begin drive-by creamings. By the time the war was over no one had managed to stay unscathed from the lathered attacks.

The Bible doesn’t say much about grandparents. There are no clear cut rules for grandparenting so we have to make it up as we go along. Of course, we must keep it within the realms of scriptural scrutiny.

I pray as Hannah, Ben and Sarah grow older they’ll say of Gram and Pop, “They were patient and kind; humble and open. My grandparents were easy going, joyful, concerned with what’s right; and loved the truth. They were always tolerant and believed in us, having every good hope for us and loving us forever (1 Corinthians 13). And we had fun.

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Answer-Focused

DSN9118-2-MAs the family readied for prayer the husband and father reached for his glasses. It was his usual routine. These were reading glasses that he only wore when needed. But it was noticed that whenever it was time to pray he would lift them and place them on his nose, lower his head and close his eyes. Although aware of the practice no one ever questioned him as to the habit.

Once at a church gathering his ritual was noticed and a much younger man approached him after the prayer time. “I noticed you put your glasses on when it was time to pray. You bowed but then after the prayer you removed them. What gives?” asked the young gentleman.

“Some people pray out of habit or ritual, others out of desperation or desire. All these and too many others pray expecting nothing. I put on my glasses to remind me that prayer is serious business. It’s not words thrown into the air, but the seeking of divine intervention. The glasses remind me to look for something.”

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

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Self Medication

I’ve been feeling a little down lately. Some things haven’t worked out and some long- range concerns still go unfulfilled.

DTTC-6BM7A-bigI needed medication. Strong medication.

My self-prescribed remedy was a morning with my three-year-old grand-daughter. I picked her up and we headed to the park. We walked around the lake stopping to look at plants, insects, fish, and geese. There were four adult geese and ten goslings. The questions came fast and furious, several times I was asked why I was laughing. It was precious.

Then to the playground; this girl loves to swing. While other parents and grand-parents came to the swing set and attentions were held for a while; we outlasted them all. When she finally decided to stop, it was only to reposition, and then the shouts, “higher, higher!” began again.

We then headed for the playground with so much equipment it is hard to describe. She went down all the slides, some with trepidation; and then we managed try out just about everything. We were just about done when Sarah was approached by another little girl about her own age who asked, “Do you want to play with me?” Sarah’s response warmed my heart, “No, I’m playing with my pop.”

We left the park and headed for the mall. She loves to ride the escalators and we did numerous times. Then to the photo booth for pictures. It took some coaching but the pictures are great, and a lot of fun to do.

Lunch was at Lion’s Choice. After some fries and apple sauce I found it easier to get her to eat ice cream than the hot dog. She promised she would eat the hot dog when she got home. Her word is good enough for me.

We got to her house. Hugs and kisses, sweet thank you’s and I love you’s; and a precious wave good-bye from the porch as I drove off.

Medicine taken… I feel better… “A joyful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22. I needed her joy.

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If It Doesn’t Matter

DSN9158-2-LIn a recent conversation someone remarked, “Oh well, it doesn’t matter.”

Interesting phrase. I guess it is true, if something doesn’t matter then it really doesn’t make any difference. But it got me thinking.

There are a lot of things I know that I believe matter. But if it doesn’t make any difference, then maybe it doesn’t really matter.

So what do I know that really makes a difference? Paul says In 1 Corinthians 15 that the most important thing to know is that Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected. That’s really easy to know. It’s right there, history evolves around it. Some have denied it, not believed it, fought against it, theorized it away; but for me the Bible testifies to it which is more important than the fact that history itself recalls it.

So for some it doesn’t really matter. But for others it really matters and makes a difference in the way they live their lives.

I am glad to be associated with the others; Jesus died, was buried and resurrected. That matters and makes all the difference in the world. Really!

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One More Thing

DSN9118-2-M2 Corinthians 8 tells the story of some people who were extremely generous. Paul, relating the story, tells how they went beyond what was expected of them. A couple words struck my curiosity, “expected, but…” In this case the reference is to people who did what was expected, but also went beyond that and did more; they exceeded expectations.

I suppose the words could be used negatively, “they did what was expected, but grudgingly.” Or some other rendering of people who do what is expected, but that’s all; or perhaps with attitude or behavior that detracts from the expectation.

Jesus died, was buried and resurrected for us. If no other thing was done, that alone should exceed our expectations. But He gives us blessing upon blessing after that… to enumerate would be impossible and even to give examples – words fail to explain the wonder I feel.

Exceeding expectations, going the extra mile, to give above and beyond, even wash feet; that’s the example to live by.

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