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The Open Door


Grandchildren are a blessing from God! You may know that Janice and I enjoy six grandchildren under the age of four and one-half. I have never had more fun in my life than I do when I am playing with my grandchildren.

Four of the six are able to talk and seem to be taking after our side of the family in that category. I am not sure yet whether there is actually a preacher in the group, but they are all excellent conversationalists. I love it when they tell me about their day. They talk about playing baseball, going to preschool at our church, and playing with their friends.

I have observed that they are quick to learn and are very impressionable. As a pre-teen, I used to usher at Auburn football games with the RAs from my church in Montgomery, Ala. I became an Auburn football fan very early and that loyalty has stayed with me as an adult.

Now, my son-in-law, Stephen, is a devoted Georgia Tech fan. One day when I was feeling a little mischievous, I taught Stephen's two boys to say, "War-r-r-r Eagle, Hey!" (the Auburn yell). I said, "Now, boys, when Daddy gets home be sure to say to him, "War-r-r-r Eagle, Hey!" We practiced it several times until they had it down perfectly.

I was not anywhere around when Ryan and Ben let out their "War-r-r-r Eagle, Hey!" yell, but my daughter, Karen, tells me that he was quite surprised and immediately began to work on their "Go Jackets!" so they could let Granddaddy know who they were really for.

Whether it's Meaghan and Lauren telling me what they did that day, Ryan and Ben yelling "War-r-r-r Eagle, Hey!" or Jake and Hannah smiling and making sounds at me, hearing my grandchildren talk is the thrill of a lifetime. I will have to say, though, that the greatest experience of all is when they say, "I love you, Granddaddy." There truly is no sweeter sound to my ears. I am sure that I will always cherish and hang onto those words no matter what age my grandchildren may be.

Remember that Jesus tells us that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that He loves us deeply. I am confident that like a loving father or grandfather, God finds joy in our every development in life. Surely, though, He must find His greatest joy in hearing us talk to Him and especially when we say, "I love you, God." Take time today to tell the One Who loves you most that you love Him too.