For T, My Grandson: A Love Note For My First Grandchild
Dreaming About When
My Grandson Will Visit
Giggling footsteps, happy smiling hugs,
Little arms wrapping around my neck,
Kisses on his button nose.
Listening in earnest to stories,
Jammies curled 'round wiggly legs,
Sleepy head upon my shoulder.
Sunny eyes eating breakfast ask,
“What shall we do today, Grandmama?”
“Can we have an adventure?”
“Could we paint aeroplanes and ladybugs,
Or hike to the ice cream store?”
“We might even see a soldier!”
“Your wish is my command, little one,
Today is my day to enjoy you!”
“You are so special to me.”
"Tomorrow we must do something else."
“But this day...why, today is
Our day for being together.”
“For you see,
My Precious Grandson,
Lives are woven with change and your life will be no different, but you may count on my love and prayers. Since I first wrote your poem I've watched you grow and develop into a budding young man. You've also had a sister and little cousins added to your life, making you the leader of the pack! Now you are truly on the cusp of manhood, and I pray you will embrace adulthood with God's perspective.
As you continue to grow I try to pray for you according to the circumstances of your life, but no matter what those are now or how they may change in the future, the most important thing is that you keep your hands open before God with a decisive honesty that comes from the kind of humble spirit you can only seek from God. May you live according to His Word, glorifying Him in what you do and say, gaining His richest blessings to help you make the decisions that keep your feet in a good path.
Make God's Word your food and drink in a reverent fear of Him so you will be able to walk as one who lives at levels of victory most never achieve. May He make His face to shine upon you and give you His peace by granting you a desire for His Word that causes you to fully embrace His truths so your path will grow brighter and brighter. May you seek His wisdom in all things and see His work in your heart and mind at work, giving you grace-filled influence in the lives of others for His glory.
As you continue to grow I pray that you will determine to walk through life asking God to help you maintain a conscious awareness that you are walking before Him. May you remain aware that it is God you are dealing with, that you are not up against flesh and blood, that no matter what you face He has not given up His authority in any situation. May He grant you a love for His fellowship that causes you to continually seek His face according to His Word through His Son, Jesus the Christ, and which gives you His peace that passes understanding in spite of the fact that everyday is warfare with our own wills.
I pray that in word and deed you will always pursue that peace and be firmly sustained, safely guarded, and mightily used by God, just as those we read of in His Word who submitted their spirit and flesh to His ways. May His presence be your joy and His grace be your strength all the days of your life, and, as you discover the truths bound up in the fact that He is our only true joy, may you find that you are complete in Him.
Ponder the Word Fear
In adding a consideration of the word fear to this post I find that related aspects to the topic give much food for thought. In a society filled with advice to reject anything we feel is negative, the word fear is consider anathema. It is an interesting exercise to see how this plays out when one person feels something is negative and another does not feel it is. The study could usefully drive a person to stop and think about what wisdom is when it comes to feelings.
Not understanding the word fear could also drive people to dismiss it. Playing on this lack of knowledge and the fact that we are a feelings-driven society, some people preach that because fear is called for in Christianity, the God of the Bible should be dismissed. But learning about the words people use and checking ourselves on whether we are responding to things from the perspective of ever changing feelings helps keep us on the right track.
Fear has various definitions and connotations. Looking at a situation with police can help us ponder applying it to God. Fearing police officers makes us extra careful simply because we know the power they have, but that fear is quite different if we have broken a law and know the power they have is going to be exacted against us. The first has more to do with a respect that helps us remember what is good and right, and the other is about guilt and punishment.
Most of the definitions applied to fear can be applied to relationships with God but which definition is appropriate for us as an individual before Him depends entirely on what our relationship with Him involves. It is crucial to remember some important facts. First, it is God we are dealing with in our uniqueness as His creation. If we let that thought sink in we come to realize the truths behind the parable of the potter and the clay.
Another crucial truth holding hands with the first one is that God desires the kind of relationship with Him that allows Him to enjoy us and us to enjoy Him...and be blessed by Him...and to step out into the eternity He has created for His people. The fear He desires from us toward Him is the kind that delivers from fear, the kind the gives confidence, the kind that truly empowers rather than just giving us the feeling that we are empowered when all the time the truth is we are not in control of much that happens in this world.
The key to the freedoms this kind of fear offers is irrevocably bound up in having the relationship with Him that He calls us to through His Son, Jesus the Christ. There are mysteries regarding God’s work in and through His people that are yet to be unfolded. It is in trusting His revealed ways and purposes we are delivered from frightful fears into the safe, joyful, respectful awe He desires from and for us.
Fear is one of those curious words that can easily be misapplied to the most important thing we face in this life, that being our relationship with Him. Prayerfully searching out God’s revelation about His Son brings His people to the place of rich blessing.
More on Grandchildren:
• For my first granddaughter, with love, from Grandmama.
• For my second granddaughter, with love, from Grandmama.
• For my third granddaughter, with love, from Grandmama.
• For my second grandson, with love from Grandmama.
• For my third grandson, with love from Grandmama.
• Hymns for a Kid's Heart CD and book set, from Joni & Friends.
• Passion Hymns for a Kid's Heart CD and book set, from Joni & Friends.
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