Grandchildren, The Crowning Glory of Old Men and Women

Wisely did the ancient sage write, “Children’s children are the crown of old men” (Proverbs 17:6, KJV). Our grandchildren #19 and 20, twin boys, were recently born to our son and his wife. [2018 update: and since then grandchildren #21 and 22 (twin girls) and #23 and 24]

Pastor Jim Feeney and his wife Linda with grandsons Jack and Miles.

Jim and Linda with grandchildren Jack and Miles

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My wife and I just returned from an 8-day visit to our kids and their growing family. Until one has done it, it’s not possible to imagine how fulfilling it is simply to hold a baby grandchild for an hour or so. The time just disappears!

But these feelings are not accidental, and they cross all times and cultures. Thousands of years ago the Scriptures declared, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing” (Psalm 127:3, Good News). After creating Adam and Eve, “God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number’.” (Genesis 1:28) Again the word of God reminds us that children are a blessing from Him. And that heaven-sent delight and favor continue as our own children’s families grow — “An old man’s grandchildren are his crowning glory” (Proverbs 17:6, Living Bible).

To the present and future Grandpas and Grandmas out there I say, enjoy your grandkids. Love them. Pray for them daily. Be involved in their lives to the fullest extent that you are able.

And be a role model of spiritual strength and devotion to the Lord for them to admire and copy. Timothy, one of the apostle Paul’s sons in the faith, had been taught the word of God from his early childhood (2 Timothy 3:15). Where did he learn it? Apparently the primary influences in his spiritual formation were his mother and his grandmother — “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice” (2 Timothy 1:5). I recall the profound respect I had for my own “Grammie.” She accepted Jesus Christ into her life as her Savior in the year 1900, at the age of 13. And she continued to serve Him for the next 83 years! Her devotion to the Lord left a deep impression upon me.

My wife Linda and I are blessed to have 15 of our 24 grandchildren living within 100 miles of us [2018 edit]. We make every effort to visit and share our love with all twenty as often as we can. At this latter part of a long and blessed life, I can thankfully certify the truth that our children's children are indeed the blessing of the Lord and the “crown of the elderly.”

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