A Powerful Role
Timothy is a wonderful name for Christian parents to choose for a son. Besides referring to one of the heroes of the apostolic age, it has a beautiful meaning: “One who honors God.”
A woman named Eunice gave that name to her son, but the faith that was so effectively passed on to him came from his grandmother. St. Paul wrote to the man who was arguably his most trusted lieutenant: “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois” (2 Timothy 1:5).
You might think about Grandma Lois on the first Sunday after Labor Day, which in the U.S. has loosely been recognized as Grandparents Day since 1978. Grandparents can play a powerful role in passing on the Christian faith. They serve as baptismal sponsors, frequent babysitters, and sometimes daily caregivers while the parents are at work. Did you know that about 7% of all children in the U.S. are in the formal custody of their grandparents?
Although our culture idolizes youth and tends to ignore those with gray hair, seniors bring enormous value to their churches, families, and communities. After surviving decades of the storms of life, they have grown wise about people and money. They don’t rush around quite as fast and take the time to savor conversations and meals together.
They can make sure that little children feel important and that they know what Jesus did for them.