What have been some wonderful gifts you have received in your life? Maybe a new car, some beautiful jewelry, a trip to an exotic location, all those are among some of the world’s ideas for really excellent gifts. When I look back, there have been some delightful surprises and wonderful gifts in my life. However, they actually pale in the light of some of the most important. Those have been the births of my grandchildren. There is just something about grandkids that is beyond special. Over the years I’ve tried to discern what makes them so delightful. People say it’s because when they come to visit, you get to send them home with the parents. Maybe that’s it for some, but for me it’s not that. When we had our children living at home, we loved that they were with us, okay, most of the time, but it was our life. Having the children with us was 24/7, 365 days out of the year. So, life was always moving forward. Laundry had to be done, food cooked, dishes washed, jobs attended, bills paid, the house cleaned. Life moved; it didn’t stand still. But when the grandchildren arrive, daily life stops and suddenly they become the focus. It’s as if a Christmas gift has just arrived and must be looked at and cherished and relished, if only for a brief moment. Grandchildren stop the clock. It is an incredible phenomenon.

Solomon must have had grandkids because he understood.

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 17:6

Lord, thank You for the children You bless us with, and then the double blessing of the grandchildren You bless us with.

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