From: T.M. Schoewe
We have a large 2013 Winona calendar compliments of Theis Printing that features Sugarloaf. The eighth of this month is marked with a bright red 8 and says “Grandparents Day!” That happens also to be the day we brought my wife home from the hospital and as grandparents with two grandsons born in September we thought of them and then for some reason got to thinking about our grandparents and how things were when we grew up in the early 1920s. We only knew our grandparents for a few years. We recall when there was a funeral back then how the church bell rang out indicating how old the person was. We seldom heard the bell ever sound out more that 50 times. There was a lot less gray hair running around when we grew up. Today, due to longer longevity many people well into their twenties and thirties have grandparents that are still going strong, and of course to their children they are great-grandparents. That’s good. And so you would do well to remember your grandparents the first Sunday after Labor Day. It has been recognized as Grandparents Day since 1978; however it is loosely observed. It’s nice that it is marked on the calendar to remind us.
There are several places in Scripture that mention the role and value of grandparents (Proverbs 13:22/16:31; Psalm 103:17 and several others) but there is only one place where “grandmother”is specifically mentioned, that is in the letter of Paul to a young man who has the wonderful name of Timothy, which means “one who honors God.” It was a woman named Eunice that gave that name Timothy to her son. But the faith that was passed on to him really came from his grandmother. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 1:5 “I have been reminded of your sincere faith which first lived in your grandmother Lois.”
We ought always to remember our grandparents, but especially during September we should not forget. Grandparents should and do play a most powerful and pivotal role in passing on the Christian faith. Many of them have been sponsors at our baptism. Today some have played the role of baby sitters. Some of them are daily caregivers while parents are working. And did you know that about 7% of all children in our country are in the custody of their grandparents? And it is too bad that our culture seems to praise young people while tending to ignore those with gray hair, because it most certainly true grandparents can bring such great value to their churches and communities, and should therefore be involved as much as possible. Having lived many years and weathered the storms of life they are very familiar with a lot of things including people and money. They do not have to be in a hurry and always have time for conversations and eating meals together.
Grandparents are the ones who can make sure that little children feel important and above all know what the Lord Jesus did for them.
So if you still have grandparents, give thanks and let them know by word and deed that you appreciate them. Hats off to Grandparents’ Day!