- how she pronounces, “aaaa pull saws, pleez?” (translation: “apple sauce, please?”)
- how she sings “Jesus Loves Me” in a whisper as I rock her.
- how she breaks into a smile and then laughs as FaceTime begins.
- when she studies me floating in the pool and then tries doing it, too.
- when she lets me babysit her special doll while she “cooks.”
- when she “shushes” and bounces her baby doll snuggled over her shoulder.
- when we both pat our babies’ backs and shout “burp!” and then giggle uncontrollably.
- how she entwines the blue variegated, grandma-made blankie around her tiny hand as she sucks her thumb.
- when she tosses her purse over her shoulder like her mother and gets into her molded plastic, pink car.
- when she grabs my hand and takes me to the playground.
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6
Thank You, Jesus, for this gift of grandchildren. I had no idea what a blessing they are and how they make aging more rewarding. May they grow up loving, obeying, and serving You now and forever. May they continue the legacy of those in our family who are now in eternity with Jesus. Amen!
Lately legacy has been on my mind. Literally the word’s primary definition is “a gift by will of money and property” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). But legacy’s concept reaches beyond into the intangibles taught and experienced within a family—love, loyalty, faith, pain, indecision, apathy. . . We can fill in more blanks, can’t we?
Having one adorably cute, soon-to-be two-year-old granddaughter with two other grandchildren on the way, I feel God’s incredible blessing along with the responsibility to pass on a legacy of faith and love.
But it’s difficult to do on Face Time. When I was growing up, both sets of grandparents lived within five miles of our home. We knew my mother’s parents better because Granny made herself more available and needed more of our help since our grandfather was crippled by a stroke. Dad’s parents milked cows, gathered eggs, and took care of 100 acres until they wore out. Long distance love wasn’t an issue. We often spent Sundays together and witnessed how each lived out their lives.
Both sets of grandparents modeled faith in Jesus Christ and a strong work ethic. My parents carried that onward. My prayer this morning is that my husband and I can roll that legacy forward, too.
By no accident through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, today’s devotional verse is:
“Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the LORD is upright.” Psalm 92:13-15
Thank you, Jesus, for your saving grace and faith legacy that we can pass on to those we love, fresh and flourishing even in our old age.