Passing the baton of faith to the next generation
There is a time to born, and a time to die—Ecclesiastes 3:1-2. Tuesday evening, Sept. 21, we had another precious grandchild to enter into our family circle. It was a long exhausting day at the hospital, as we waited for Kayden Paul Wallen to enter into this world. That is when the “oohs” and “ahs” began and the discussions about who he mostly looked like. No matter what we decide, the fact is; this little bundle of joy is very precious and wonderfully made. The experience of joy was overwhelming as I looked into that precious little face. It’s amazing how someone so new can enter our lives and immediately we have that special bonding. When we learn that a new baby is coming into our family, we anticipate his arrival. I for one; hope and pray for a healthy happy baby and learn to trust God for life to unfold just as it should. I’m so thankful that little Kayden is a healthy baby. Mother Cheryl is now doing well, and Dad Stephen is beaming with joy as he looks into the face of his new son, and showing off his pictures. And for us grandparents as always- our children’s children are a crown to the aged (Proverbs 17:6).
To me there is nothing more enjoyable than holding and cuddling a sweet smelling soft baby in my arms. The Word of God speaks so often of how much our Lord loved little children and is merciful unto them. Psalms 103:17- But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.
Just as meter relay teams pass the baton from one runner to the next; we as grandparents must pass on the baton of faith as we run our last leg of the race. We must do all we can to guarantee that faith in God will be firmly grasped by succeeding generations.
Deuteronomy 4:9 (NJV) Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live, teach them to your children and to their children.
Our relay race begins by giving our children the right examples to follow, which includes prayer and devotion time. Psalm 78:4- We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
Our children should be taught that prayer and devotions are important but not limited to formal settings such as church services and Sunday school. Daily routines are all opportunities to life our concerns to God. Nothing is too little or too big to talk to God about.
I would hope that all generations would grow to spread laughter, kindness and gentleness wherever they go. The world so desperately needs this. These little ones are just beginning a long journey, one that will lead them to unknown mountain tops, and shaded valleys. They will make mistakes and begin again and make different ones. There will be many changes in their lives. Hopefully, as they go through all the changes, they will hold to the hand of the one who silently walks with them, offering his hand, the hand that never changes. Wars will always be fought; hurricanes and floods will transform the face of the earth. People they love will die, but the hand that holds them will remain strong and solid through it all.
As we pass the baton of faith, hopefully we will find each generation grasping what we have given them as they make their own way into the world.
As we welcome our new arrival, I pray for God to give this child and all our others the blessing of knowing they are loved in this world and in eternity. From my heart.