Generations; October 20, 2019

Proverbs 17:6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.

For whatever reason, this verse jumped out at me yesterday when I just glanced at today’s reading. Having some myself, I can understand the statement about grandchildren. Several years ago our older daughter gave us a wall plaque, that hangs today in my wife’s work room, that says, “Grandchildren are a reward for not killing your own children.” Having raised a daughter of her own, I think she understood that plaque very well! There is a Japanese proverb that says something like, “Grandchildren give two joys: when they come for a visit, and when they leave.” I really enjoy my grandchildren when I get to be with them, but age brings issues of stamina, both physically and emotionally. I would be thrilled if I weren’t separated from my grandchildren most of the time by the Pacific Ocean, but lifestyles and such definitely change over time.

The second half of this verse also resonates for me, because I am greatly honored to be my father’s child. (The Japanese says “fathers,” rather than the more inclusive “parents.”) However, I can certainly take no credit for any of my father’s accomplishments. The thing is, even someone who didn’t have the sort of father I did can take glory in Father God. My physical father’s accomplishments are certainly insignificant compared to Father God! Actually, everything my father did was by the grace of God, so I can’t think of my physical father without thinking of Father God. Thinking of my own blessed situation in this area brings to mind the whole area of the “father wound” so many people have because of their father’s issues. The whole issue of parenting is at the root of many of society’s problems today. As a pastor and teacher, I am a father figure to a lot of people, I think. I am to be God’s agent to them, allowing His grace and strong love to flow through me to heal them, as they learn what it is to have Him as Father. I don’t have the wisdom for the job, but He does, and I need to trust Him to guide me for the sake of many, for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. You know the challenges that lie ahead of me, and I know that You are more than up to them. Help me rest, relax, and rejoice in You, whatever is going on, so that Your will may be done for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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