A lovely privilege fell to me this past Saturday to write a letter of congratulations and encouragement to a tall and lovely granddaughter on the occasion of her choosing to follow Jesus in her young life.
What a big thing for her to do, and for me, as her grandfather, to acknowledge and cheer her on. I pray it will be a decision that will give her joy all her life long.
It is not easy of course, in a day when mocking such serious things comes so easily in our secular culture. She knows who she is, and knows well the step she is taking, to be confirmed.
What a gift to her family, that she dares, and is unafraid to declare herself in Jesus. I am so grateful that she will have Jesus beside her in the long, uncertain years before her now. He will bless her in so many ways, praise God.
For us who are older, it is a special honor in life to be able to encourage a young person of our own family, with our love, and our faith, - and even our advise and counsel should it be asked for.
In the meantime, we pray. That it will be a real and wonderful companionship. Even that it will be a witness to those around her, that she is there to encourage them, and share her faith with them.
So many around us need “a good word.”. And, will take it from us. Don’t miss the opportunities that may come, to encourage the young around us, with assurance – from our own experience, and our own faith. Let us be brave too, as we “pass it on.”
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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