Published May 21, 2009
We are right in the midst of some of my favorite family times of the year. Janice and I have always treasured the moments we have with our daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren on Easter, Motherís Day, and Fatherís Day. This picture was made on Easter Sunday afternoon. Janice and I are celebrating the day with our grandchildren. Pictured left to right are: Ben, Gracie, Meaghan, Lauren, Jake, Hannah, and Ryan.
I know everyone feels the same way we do about our grandchildren, but we are so thankful for them. They are precious treasures from the Lord and we thank Him every day for the joy they bring to our lives. We pray for their safety, health, and salvation. Janice and I raised their mothers to know the Lord and it was one of the greatest thrills of my life and ministry to baptize each of my three daughters. I am praying now that each of our grandchildren will trust the Lord and grow in His grace throughout their lives.
The Scriptures promise us that if we will train up a child in the way that he should go, when he is old, he will not depart from it. Our grandchildren are in church weekly, and are greatly involved in the worship and activities at their churches. There really is no better spiritual preparation that can be afforded a child than to give them an outstanding background in church.
I recently shared in a radio devotional the story of Shirley Randall. Dr. Maurice and Shirley Randall served for years as Southern Baptist missionaries in our Baptist hospital in Zimbabwe, Africa. I will never forget hearing Shirleyís testimony of how God first touched her heart for missions.
Shirley grew up at Centralhatchee Baptist Church in Centralhatchee, Georgia. She recalled the many WMU meetings she attended as a little girl because of her motherís involvement. She would often lie down in the pew and lay her head in her motherís lap during the meeting. She said that though she was reclined in the pew, she absorbed a lot about missions and God touched her heart in such a way that she was forever captivated for missions.
That truly is the way to raise a missionary. Take your children to church and understand in that process that they are catching a whole lot more than you can imagine, even if they are lying down in the pew with their head in your lap!
Our granddaughter, Gracie, has been diagnosed as having BWS, a disease that in some children has produced malignant tumors. She has to be tested every six weeks until she is approximately eight years of age. At eight, she should have lived past the dangers of this disease and be as healthy as other children. The next several years concern us deeply and every six weeks we are on pins and needles until we receive the latest report on her health.
Many of you have been praying for Gracie, and Janice and I want to thank you from the bottom of our heart for your faithful prayers. Gracieís latest report was a good one and we are so thankful to God for answering our prayers. Please continue to pray for Gracieís total healing and for a continuation of these good reports. I canít think of any people I would rather have praying for my family than Georgia Baptists. Thank you so much for your kindness and for your faithfulness.
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