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WOMEN’S  MINISTRY


Volume 9  

September 2011

Issue 9 

Published by Central Church of Christ Women
Editor: Cathy Sifuentez


THE INFLUENCE OF GRANDPARENTS

Our modern world has tried to put the elderly on a shelf.  Some people think that most senior citizens are senile, but according to Dr. James Birren at the University of Southern California, 96 percent of those people of 65 years of age are not senile.   Most are mentally alert people who still want to perform a useful function in life.   

One of the most useful endeavors an elderly person can perform is that of “grandparenting”.  Grandparents have much to offer.  Proverbs 16:31 states: 

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. 

Paul was grateful for Timothy’s faith which resulted, at least in part, from the faith of his grandmother, Lois (II Timothy 1:5): 

I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded now lives in you also.  (NIV) 

Grandparents are particularly needed in a world where so many mothers have joined

the workforce.  Protests to the contrary are not likely to significantly reduce female employment.  Energies used in protests would be put to better and more constructive use if grandparents were urged to spend more time with their grandchildren. Children need to see the example of their godliness.  They need to hear the words of wisdom that accompany gray hair, a lined face and weather-beaten hands. 

Grandparents who live close to their grandchildren enjoy a unique opportunity to influence the offspring of their children by acting as an extended family, readily available to interact in the daily lives of their grandchildren.  Grandparents who do not live near should utilize every precious moment with them to express love and demonstrate values and to give those children something of themselves.  Who knows?  The grandmother who does so may be another Lois, and the grandchild could be another Timothy. 

(Article by Norman Bales – with limited editing – reprinted from the Corinth Road Church of Christ bulletin, Jacksonville, Texas).

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REMEMBER GRANDPARENT’S DAY


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