Today is a Red-Letter Day! Eighteen years ago today I became a grandma for the very first time! My eldest daughter Laurie presented me with our beautiful Sara. Today that little squalling red-faced bundle of joy is a lovely eighteen year-old young woman. Legally an adult. The same age I was when I got married! It is so hard to believe! Where have the years gone? I have so many wonderful memories of watching that sweet baby turn into my little side-kick, and then a big sister, and then a teenager and now all grown up! Wow! I remember so well the feeling of heritage and responsibility I experienced on the day Sara was born—the sudden knowledge that through Bob and I, the Lord was establishing the generations of our family who would follow Him if we were faithful to live and teach and nurture them is His Word and His ways. Becoming a mother was wonderful. Becoming a grandmother, however, was a blessing that is more than words can describe! Only other grandmas can nod their heads and say, “Uh-huh! I understand!”
Today is a Red-Letter Day! Today my other daughter Julie is on her way to bring home grandchildren numbers ten and eleven! She and her husband David are boarding a plane right this very minute to fly to the Ukraine. The final steps in the adoptions of Oleg and Anastasia will take place within the next few days and weeks, but today it feels like the answer to all our hopes and dreams of the last four and a half years has finally come. There are eight other grandchildren between Sara and these two special children whom we have yet to meet, but already love. Each one of our precious grandbabies is beautiful and unique and a precious treasure from God. We could not imagine our family without them. Oleg and Anastasia will be loved and accepted and just a much a part of us as the other nine. We know from the experience of adopting our Robbie that there was never a difference in our hearts between him and our birth children. Likewise, we will welcome Oleg and Anastasia into our family and lives and hearts as fervently as all our other grandchildren.
Today, listen to these Red-Letters Words! The Bible tells us that grandchildren are a beautiful blessing from God. “Children’s children are the crown of old men [and old women!]” (Proverbs 17:6a) Scripture also reminds us that we are to care for orphans. Psalm 82:3 says, “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” James 1:27 also says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction…”
Today, though, I am reminded of the words of Jesus. In many Bibles you will see His words printed in red, and since this is our Red-Letter Day, let’s see what Jesus Himself said: He said, “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) He loves children. They are precious to Him. He gives them to be blessings to us, whether they are our own children, our grandchildren or our great-grandchildren!
He also tells us to especially love those children who are in need—“the least of these.” We find in Matthew 25:35-40 that He said, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Today, on our Red-Letter Day, we praise God for bringing each one of these children into our lives and our family! We are so blessed! May we always be conscious of the legacy we leave behind to them—not of wealth or material possessions, but of faith and faithfulness to the One who brought us all together.
To Sara, Gabriela, Benjamin, Joshua, Melissa, Katelynn, Hannah, Matthew, Amanda, Oleg and Anastasia—we love you with all our hearts! Thank you, Lord, for all of them!