“What do you think Papa would like to get for Christmas?” I said.
“A fish hook. Papa loves to fish.”
My grandson has already developed a taste for outdoor sportsmanship and is making future plans to teach his children how to fish. Truth be told, he is already an accomplished fisherman.
I dutifully added “fish hook” to our shopping list, knowing something my grandson doesn’t know: my husband has only a modest interest in fishing. His biggest incentive to pick up a pole and tackle box is that fishing is an enjoyable activity he shares with our grandson. That thought stayed with me through the day.
During the past summer, my husband took our then 5-year-old grandson fishing nearly every day – just to be together. My grandson initiated their expeditions by saying, “Papa, this is a good day to go fishing.” They returned home with catch-and-release photos as proof they really did get the big ones.
Generational lines blurred and bonding took place while they sat on the porch, recalling everything they did during that day’s expedition. “The days I spend teaching him to fish will pass quickly, but he will remember our times on the fishing pier for years to come,” my husband said. Papa is right.
Their explorations have already left a positive impression on our grandson. Kids remember the things you do with them. I still remember helping my grandma pick flowers from her garden. Find out where your grandchildren’s interests lie, and make a point of spending time together, exploring their world.
What kinds of memories are you making with your grandchildren? If you would, share one of your favorite grandparent stories on my website: http://www.SpiritualLegacyMemoir.com.
Sometimes, our efforts to share joy lead to unexpected delights. It happened to me just this week. Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favorite pastimes – one that works best when the results are shared. “Hmm,” I thought, “We can give cookies to our neighbors, the people we see on a regular basis.”
My home-baked cookies easily filled enough goodie boxes to share with those living nearby, but something was missing. They needed an uplifting message of hope and cheer. I thought about favorite Bible verses, but felt presumptive in trying to decide what to say. In the midst of pondering my dilemma, I prayed. Surely God knew how best to use this idea. He certainly did!
The answer came in the form of a new line of “Have A Little Faith” gift cards from Tristan Publishing (www.tristanpublishing.com). Each card in the set has a simple Bible verse with uplifting messages of encouragement on topics such as: faith, trust, and belief. I jotted our name inside each of the cards and sealed them in their envelopes.
After my husband and I prayed over the cards, we headed out to distribute our treats. Only God knew which of the 12 Scripture messages individuals would be given. To our delight, we found ourselves receiving gifts in return.
Without fail, smiles appeared on the faces of everyone who accepted our little gift. Among the gifts we received, one young guy gave us both hugs, and the parent of small children said, “This is the best thing to happen today.” It was fun to talk with people, laugh together, and catch up on neighborhood news.
We may never know how God’s Word will impact our cookie recipients. Our greatest blessing in this cookie dispatch is knowing we can stand on His promise from Isaiah 55:10-11: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven… so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”