For many years, my daughter and her family lived in Atlanta, GA. In my travels to and from my speaking engagements, it often worked out to spend a night or two with them. When I was there, I would always ask to read the bedtime stories to the grandchildren…and they begged for me to do it. They knew that I would read as many stories as they liked and did not skip any pages. Mothers are usually in a hurry. Grandmothers are not.
This is why, Dear Reader, as grandparents, we must make the choice to be involved with our grandkids. They need the balance of parents and grandparents. Children can sense “hurry.” Grandparents can help slow the pace for our grandkids.
On one such occasion, I read Anna Esther all her favorite stories, said prayers with her, and kissed her good night.
As I stood to leave the room, she looked up and me and said, “Nana, could you just stay long enough for me to tell you how much I love you?”
My heart stood still – bursting with delight. I bent down to hold her again, knowing that was the only way to respond to such precious words. She reached up, took my face in her hands and pulling me ever so close, whispered: “Nana, I could never get over telling you how much I love you.”
Tears flowed. I left her room – wanting to find a quiet place to savor her words. Yes, I wrote her precious words in my journal – never to be forgotten.
That’s more than a grandmother story. It is a God story!
God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on a cross and His outstretched arms reach to all humanity with this love message:
“ I could never get done telling
you how much I love you.”
He took the burden of our sins, nailed them to the cross, and signed it with his own blood, sealing His love story forever. He never stops telling us of His love no matter what we have done, where we have been, or what we will do.
Like a grandchild who declares, “Nana, I could never get done telling you how much I love you,” our Heavenly Father gives the same message: “I will never get over my love for you.”
Savor His words from 1st Thessalonians 3:12, which says:
“ …may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes on everyone around you”
(The MESSAGE ).
* Savor…means relish, fragrance, affection, flavor, virtue, admiration, contentment, adoration, feasting on, drinking in, rejoicings in and delighting in words.
These are lovely words to savor and bless.