Written by Deb del Villar, Director of Communications
When the first pair of glasses was placed on my face, I could not believe what I saw. At the young age of five, I did not know I was not seeing correctly. It had always been that way for me. It did not occur to me that anything was wrong.
I found out quickly all the things I had been missing – like trees had leaves and leaves had veins. Flowers were not big fuzzy balls but were made up of gorgeous intricate petals. It seemed that no two flowers were the same. On and on went my discoveries over the next days and weeks. There was so much to discover! I could hardly believe my eyes! I wanted to touch everything. It was amazing and wonderful; often bringing me to the point of glee and giddiness at each new revelation.
It was not all good as I stumbled and fell a lot while I got used to seeing things I had never seen before like the ground. It often appeared to be moving to me, confusing me as to where to put my feet. It was tricky at first, but soon I was taking steps successfully. Over the next months then years, adjustments were continually made so I could see better and clearer. Each time, the new glasses would require me to adapt again. Even 60 plus years later, adjustments are still being made.
After attending the first national Grandparenting Summit, I had a very similar experience. I thought I was doing well as a grandparent. I saw my role as loving, playing, and enjoying my grandkids as often as I could. I did not realize that I was not seeing correctly. I soon realized how much I was missing. As Scripture after Scripture was taught, and speaker after speaker shared, I saw a new, correct picture of my biblical role as a grandparent.
It was amazing, invigorating, wonderful – filling me anew with a passion and vision for what God would do with these last years. There was so much to discover and learn about how to grandparent intentionally so that my grandchildren would follow Christ.
I am so excited that I stumbled upon the Legacy Coalition. Legacy Coalition helps grandparents grow in their biblical role through resources and events, so they can have a greater spiritual impact on their family. Legacy Coalition will be starting an additional event to help grandparents grow even more.
It is called Grand Monday Nights! Each Monday night for one hour at 5 pm PST, 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, or 8 pm EST, a content-driven free webinar will be available for you!
The feature topic, each Monday night, will be relevant to learning more about Intentional Christian Grandparenting. Presenters will be authors, pastors, educators, and others who are excellent and knowledgeable in their topic.
At the end of each event, there will be an opportunity to submit questions. You’ll also be able to ask someone from the Legacy Coalition to contact you so you can learn more about starting an Intentional Christian Grandparenting ministry in your church, small group, Sunday School Class, or community. Trained, equipped grandparents are ready to assist you!
While I do still stumble and fall at times, I am getting better and taking more and more steps towards my biblical role as a grandparent. Adjustments will constantly be needed, but praise God He is with me each step of the way clearly pointing out the path. Come, let’s walk this path together, upholding and encouraging one another.