All of our grandchildren/ children will have times in their lives when they need to experience a "true, strengthening love" - times when they need "comfort", and who better to offer this "comfort" than their grandparents or parents?I love seeing how the Latin base for the word "comfort" are words meaning "with" and "strong". Offering true comfort means we are "with" our grandchildren/children and are allowing them to pull from our "strength" in their times of sadness, disappointment, loss or confusion. And a big part of our providing of comfort is pointing them to the One Who is able to give them the best comfort - God. He has promised to never leave us, He has the most strength and He wants us - and the ones we love - to turn to Him for this strengthening comfort.
This, of course, applies to us as well. When we face challenges, loss, sadness we are absolutely able to turn to God for the comfort - the strength we need. Model this and then be sure to tell your grandchildren/children how you found God's strength in the times when you needed comfort - He is, after all, the Great Comforter and He gives us true, strengthening love, so we are able to do the same for the ones we love.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4#grandmas #handingdownconfidentfaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose