Recently I was listening in on a conversation brought up by these verses from Matthew 25:
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
In the course of the conversation we discussed our responses to the poor and beggars and in time our conversations led to discussing grandparents. It seemed to me as if most of those talking rarely see their grandparents. Whether that is because of them not being believers, or seeing life “differently”, or busyness in life or other reasons I don’t know exactly. But I do know this saddened me very, very much.
I started wondering if in not seeing our relatives we are just as bad as those who didn’t care for the Lord and asked him when they had seen him in need. Perhaps differences arise in family’s which keep us from spending time together. But I feel it is our duty and our privilege to care for the elderly in our families and those we can.
Perhaps the fact that my family is an ocean away also made this so sad for me. Here are loved ones just minutes or hours apart and yet they and we don’t care for one another! This can’t be right?! Can it? If only my grandma were a short ways away I would invite her to come and spend some days with me.
It is easy to talk when being with my family is so hard to do. I need to do better at also calling and sending letters. But I guess my challenge is for you my friend, don’t neglect your loved ones for lack of differences, or busyness. Time is so short, you may be the only living witness they ever see. It is NOT enough to just hear about Jesus from others, our family needs to see and feel Jesus in and through us.
I have one living grandma. I wish I could see her more.
I love you Grandma!