I have recently been blessed with another granddaughter whose middle name Joy is taken from mine, Joyce (a great improvement, in my opinion!)
As, coincidentally, my blog theme is JOY, I thought I could talk about grandchildren for a moment. (If I MUST!!)
A friend told me at the arrival of my first grand, that children are God's reward to us for raising our children. It sure seems that way!
My own grandmother was one of the greatest spriitual influences in my life. She never "preached" to me, she just quietly and graciously lived a life of love and faith.
As I grew older I heard of some of the difficulties she had to deal with in her life over the years, but she never complained or seemed bitter.
The Lord came first in her life. Everyone knew that. But I don't ever remember her saying that. She just lived it.
Turning again to my own grands, I know I want to be that kind of influence in their lives.
Before my sons were even born, and continuing now into their adult lives, my prayer has always been for their salvation. At this point they all have obeyed the Gospel call and continue to lead faithful lives, and "I have no greater JOY than to hear that my children walk in truth."
I agree John. There is no greater JOY.
Except now I realize that that JOY continues on into the lives of our grandchildren.
I'm going to do all I can to help my grands find their way to the Light of God's grace so that I can one day say
"I have no greater JOY than to hear that my grandchildren walk in truth."