Each week at church, when I run into people who are part of this group, it is not unusual for at least one of them (most often grandmas) to share with me - through tears - what is happening with their children and/or grandchildren. They typically feel alone, and some of them feel like they are to "blame" for the choices being made by the ones they love. They think if they had done a "better job" of handing down the faith when their children were young, they would not be making the decisions they are making now.
My heart breaks for them; I understand how they feel and take care to encourage them - I want them to know they are not alone. I also want them to know they are only responsible to pray for the ones they love, live their faith and share the truth with them as God provides opportunity to do so. The ones we love are responsible to make the choice to love, know and walk with God. We are faithful to hand down the faith and then pray for the ones we love to turn to God.
As we chose to trust God and walk with Him, we will find the guilt and the doubts go away and we will be filled with praise for God, because the truth is, He loves the ones we love, even more than do we and He wants them to love, know and walk with Him, even more than do we. So, we need to trust God - when the ones we love choose to love and follow God . . . and when they do not.
It matters very much to me for the grandparents/parents in our Generations@Prayer group to feel like they are not alone. I want them to know I, and the others in our group, care very much for them and for the ones they love. Most importantly, I want them to know no matter what, they are able to trust God. This is my hope for you as well.
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