Grandparents Day of Prayer

Grandparents Day of Prayer

If you wander through a Hallmark store during the final weeks of August, you’ll notice cards celebrating National Grandparents Day. You won’t find any cards for Grandparents Day of Prayer, even though its date coincides with National Grandparents Day. Grandparents Day...

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STRETCHER-BEARERS

STRETCHER-BEARERS

Who are the Stretcher-Bearers? Let's consider a familiar Gospel story--the story of the four stretcher-bearers and the paralytic (Luke 5:17-26)--in a not-so-familiar fashion. Instead of a story about faith and friendship, let's consider it as a metaphor for prayer....

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STORMS IN A GRANDCHILD’S LIFE

STORMS IN A GRANDCHILD’S LIFE

PREPARING FOR A STORM It was August, 1979, the middle of hurricane season, and Hurricane David was sweeping its way through the Lesser Antilles. I sat inside my dormitory room in Charleston, South Carolina, frantically flipping the pages of my calculus book, unaware...

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A Grandparent is Like a Farmer

A Grandparent is Like a Farmer

Which Farmer Will Yield a Harvest? A farmer trudges through the field with his muck boots squishing in puddles left by an early spring rain. He grips an old hoe in his right hand, and a pouch heavy with seeds is slung over his opposite shoulder. Every movement he...

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Praying for Teens

Praying for Teens

Teens Struggle to Belong Teens who are desperate for a place to belong walk awkwardly along the fringe, trying to keep in step with a group of wayward peers. Weeks pass, and their awkwardness disappears. Within weeks, these teens are found standing in the way of...

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Prayer Stations for Grandparents

Prayer Stations for Grandparents

Are you are looking for a one-day event to encourage the grandparents at your church to be more intentional about praying for their grandchildren? The following prayer stations were adapted from a workshop held at the South Carolina Daughters of the King Fall Retreat...

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Abandoned Legacies

Abandoned Legacies

Was I dreaming? I floated somewhere between a dream state and the reality of a new dawn, wandering through the living room of an abandoned mansion. A shaft of sunlight sneaking through a broken window was dispersed by particles of dust. It offered little illumination,...

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Grandparenting: More than Reese’s Cups and KitKat Bars

Grandparenting: More than Reese’s Cups and KitKat Bars

Our oldest son observed that—while his maternal grandmother stockpiled Reese’s cups in the freezer and his paternal grandmother stowed KitKat bars in her special drawer— I didn’t keep any candy at home for him to enjoy. Laughingly, I replied, “When I become a...

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