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Psalm 139:13-16 (Pt. 3) Thought/Prayer:Grandparents. Grandchildren. Topics: 2@ end.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  WEB   (Read this scripture and more at

Maybe sometimes grandchildren and grandparents identify with each other in special ways because some aspects of both grandchildren and grandparents may seem linked.  We know that children need a lot of help from others in order to grow up big and strong and with plans for the future.  And don’t we know that sometimes grandparents need a lot of help to be able to survive in a world that requires, it seems, more and more skills of certain types every day, skills to which grandparents may not have been exposed over their years?  Yes, these things are true. 

Of course, the comparison is not totally matched because many grandparents will not need a lot of assistance until sometime in the future.  And children will always need help growing up.  But we might say that at some point in grandparents’ lives they may need assistance that is somewhat on the level of children’s needs.  Grandparents may need taking care of around the clock, just as children do.

But both grandchildren and grandparents are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Fearfully perhaps means with a grand plan, with a purpose, and with great creative intent.  Of course, the grip of a newborn’s finger on Daddy’s proves the “wonderfully”! 

It seems much easier to tend to the needs of children than it is to those of older folks.  Children obviously need help as a part of normal development.  What 6-month-old can dress herself in her little onesie outfit or pull on a bootie over wriggly toes?  The fact that babies need so much help is part of why they are so endearing. . . we snuggle while we help!

But with Grandma or Grandpa?  Well, sometimes it just seems like a whole lot of work.  This “whole lot of work” is exacerbated by the fact that sometimes grandparents are not in their right minds.  And all our lives we have loved them with their right minds.  And it’s quite difficult to make the switch to realization that they may never be “right” again.  Not that they are “wrong”!  No.  It’s just that it’s so DIFFERENT.  They are so different.

But it may come down to this:  Grandma and Grandpa are also “fearfully and wonderfully” made.  They were that way in their mothers’ wombs; they are that way at age 85, even though time may has taken away much of “who” they were.  We see children developing into “who” they are.  Grandma and Grandpa’s lack of this is seen as a backsliding, a negative.

But love them we do, both babies and the elderly.  Lord, we just ask for extra patience and dedication when the care-taking of the older generation.  Some way, Lord, help us see that they are of just as much importance and are just as deserving as the fresh, pink baby face in the receiving blanket.

Topics:  Lord, we ask YOU to help us see old folks as you do:  Worthy.  Help us to fight for their right to live out their lifespan as You ordained it . .  . and with as much dignity as possible.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 01/31 at 11:19 PM
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