Over the past couple weeks, I've shared with you about how to set up and engage the grandparents in your ministry in participating in a Prayer Stations where they are able to pray for their grandchildren and themselves, shared with you how Larry Fowler challenged us with the truth of how intentional Christian grandparents make a significant difference in the lives of their grandchildren and led us in the Intentional Christian Grandparent Declaration. I shared with you how Chuck Swindoll, his wife and grandchildren blessed those at the summit by sharing what they do, how and why they do it and the difference it made and continues to make in the lives of their grandchildren, wrote about how Michelle Anthony challenged us with how grandparents can make a significant difference in the lives of their grandchildren because we have the perspective and wisdom of time and how Crawford Loritts challenged us with the truth of how grandparents are here for a time we can not see - for future generations not yet born!
If these men and women had been all of the general session speakers, everyone at the summit would have left blessed, challenged and excited about all they heard and learned; but they were not all! We heard from Gary Chapman about the greatest gift we can give our grandchildren, from Josh Mulvihill about the Biblical role of grandparents and from Valerie Bell about how being an intentional Christian grandparent makes a big difference. And yet, this was still not all!
We also heard from John Trent and I am very happy to share with you today what he had to tell us about being a blessing giver to our grandchildren! He challenged us to be grandparents who choose to give, not withhold, our blessing and led us in how to write out and give each child a blessing which is tailored to them, how you see God working in their lives and which gives them a view into what He may have for their future. We were able to watch as he had some grandparents give an actual blessing, which they wrote out, to their grandson.
John shared how Deuteronomy 30:19 shows how blessing means to bow the knee and add to someone's life and life means we move towards someone. We need to be grandparents who move towards our grandchildren and who are intentional and focused about how we add to their lives. Giving a blessing helps us to do these things!
As you can see, the nearly 800 grandparents who attended the first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit were blessed, challenged and encouraged to understand their God-given role and the impact being an intentional Christian grandparent can and will make on their grandchildren!
When you think about your Children's Ministry, do you see how having grandparents who are focused and intentional about blessing their grandchildren will make a huge impact in the lives of the children in your ministry? What are you doing to help grandparents in your church understand these truths?