By R. W. McAlister
National Grandparents Day is celebrated each September. How did it all get started? Marian McQuade and her husband Joe were residents of Fayette County, West Virginia. They were the parents of 15 children, grandparents of 40 and great grandparents of 8.
In 1973, after a 5-year campaign, Mrs. McQuade pushed legislation that Congress passed proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. September was chosen to honor Grandparents because it symbolized the “autumn years” of life. President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.
How many of you are grandparents? Do you think your life will have any influence on your grandchildren? How about your great grandchildren?
In Genesis 5, we have an account of Enoch. He was the Father of Methuselah. Methuselah was the father of Lamech. Lamech was the father of Noah. The Bible says Enoch walked close to God (Gen. 5:22). What does the Bible tell us about Noah? Genesis 6:8-9: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” So Enoch walked with God and so did his great grandson Noah!
Grandparents, do you think your faith will affect future generations? You better believe it will! Grandparents, are you living a life like Enoch’s? Listen to what Hebrews 11:5 says: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
Don’t you want your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to turn out like Noah? Give it some thought.
- R. W. McAlister preaches for the Anna Church of Christ in Anna, IL.He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.annachurchofchrist.com/