Yesterday we welcomed into our family a new spirit. Fresh from the Heavenly realm, our newest granddaughter made her appearance at 8am. Mother and baby are fine and siblings are adjusting just fine.
I have observed several things since my children began to have children of their own. First, it is much harder for me to watch them struggle through the same kinds of things I’ve already had to do. I would so do some of the hard things for them if I could. If you’re of a religious bent it kind of helps you understand in miniscule how God must feel all of the time. He would so help us if we’d let him, and most times when we let him he knows we have to go through it on our own. As frustrating as it is to go through trials, it is at least as frustrating to watch.
Second, Grandchildren are like presents for being parents. Being a parent is a thankless job most of the time. Important, essential but mostly unsung, until your children have children. Grandchildren (most anyway) think you are the best thing since sliced bread. There are a few things that come before Grandma and Grandpa but who can really out do Scooby Doo!
Third, this is why we work hard, are obedient and stay the course. So that our children and their children can have better in their lives. This is something some people don’t understand. Of course they support abortion used as birth control, population control and other anti-people policies, so it’s understandable. Sad but understandable. Maybe if they instead didn’t think of people as a collective and thought of the individual first they might change their perspective but I doubt it.
Lastly, welcoming a new life gives us the opportunity to reassess our lives, rearrange our priorities and rethink our decision making paradigm. I am truly grateful for the opportunities the Lord has given me to experience such a wide range of ………well experiences I guess. I have truly learned a lot but I realize that I have so much more I need to learn. It is my understanding that when one becomes truly educated they realize how much they don’t know and how much they still have to learn. There are so many truly ignorant people running around trying to run everyone else’s life that nothing get done. Well very little good gets done.
Carl Sandburg wrote, “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” I couldn’t agree more and as Mr. Dickens famously penned, “God bless us everyone.”