In the files of my memory there rests a recent letter from a younger Grandmother. It’s 3 AM, she has awoken at the cry of her infant grandchild. After changing the child’s diaper, a time of self-pity and a crushing heart burden for the child’s future, and crying a bucket of tears. She sends a text message, sort of a prayer, for help. She has sent a similar prayer to the Lord. In her heart of hearts, she knows the babe in arms is somehow aware that something in missing. It’s the mother. And instinctively, the grandmother grasps the truth, she, the grandmother, is the child’s hope! A tremendous burden.
Statistically, Grandparents are the hope of millions of children. The bio parents are somewhere chasing whatever rainbows in their life, and to hell with the children.
This reality was brought home Saturday past when I watched the Heisman Trophy awarded to the nation’s most outstanding college football player. This year it is Derrick Henry. A brief passage from Derrick says a world of information, mostly in between the lines. Here’s my excerpt from the AP report:
Derrick Henry was born to teenage parents and raised with the strong influence of his grandmother, Gladys, in the small north Florida country town of Yulee, just outside of Jacksonville.
Gladys Henry has been hospitalized for weeks in Florida with heart and respiratory problems. Derrick Henry said his grandmother was with him in spirit as his childhood dream of winning the Heisman came true.
"I love you so much," he said during his speech.
At this season of redemption and reconciliation, given as the free gift from heaven in Christ, God the Son in flesh and titled, Immanuel, God with us, we better be praying for the Granddads and Grandmothers who stand in the gap at the call of God for help in bringing a generation to Jesus.
The next generation down the line has and is wasting life as though they are to be the last one walking the earth. If the Grandparents fail, they may well be the last to walk in freedom.
Timothy, the protégé of the Apostle Paul, was strongly influenced by his grandmother, as stated here: “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” 2Timothy 1:5.
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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