Grandparent: A Special Provision

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   May 30, 2013   •   Topics: , ,

Grandparents are special. Although my siblings and I were deprived of our natural grandparents while growing up in China, the senior missionaries were like grandparents. In the Orient that I knew, age was respected because it implied the accumulation of wisdom the years bring. To have an elderly grandparent in the home was considered a privilege rather than a burden.

Fortunately, when our first four children were young, we lived just across the road from my parents. They were ideal grandparents: strict disciplinarians but full of love and fun. Many nights the girls would spend with their grandparents. Those evenings were always family times. They played games and read books aloud. Mother made clothes for their dolls and nursed the girls when they were sick. She let them help her plant flowers in the spring, rake leaves in the fall and lick the pan after making a batch of fudge. Since Daddy was a doctor, whenever medication or stitches were needed, he was available.

Both were great storytellers. They were happy Christians. They were part of God’s special provision for us during the many occasions when Bill was away on Crusades.

Those of you who have not had a loving Christian heritage can make sure your children have one. Even if you feel it is too late, commit the wasted years and lost opportunities to God. Love those who come to mind—and pray.

Then, look around for some young person you can encourage and help along the way.

Taken by permission from “It’s My Turn,” by Ruth Bell Graham, ©1982 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust.

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  1. MaGuy says:

    Happy Birthday to you Rev. Graham. I want you to know that due to your TV appearance in the mid to late 1960 s, I walk with the Lord today. What an inspiration and blessing you were to me then and still are today.

  2. Rick Traylor says:

    We moved to Fletcher,NC to be close to our (4) grandsons. My wife and I will be involved with them as they grow in the Lord.

  3. Kathryn Willman says:

    We are grandparents of 2 wonderful boys. I pray we will be a Christian example for them.

  4. susan says:

    please i have brought my grandson up he now 20 years old my husband and myself tried our best to help him ,my husband died ,and now my grandson is in prison our best but he just would,t stop .please say a little pray

  5. Tari says:

    Mrs. Graham's books, testimonals, guides to daily living are all such an encouragement to me. She is such a wonderful example to look to as a guide! Our pattern is always Christ first but I know He has used her to guide me! Praise His Holy Name!