The other day I looked out on the deck and saw a scene that made my heart swell. My 6 year old son was sitting next to his grandpa talking and talking (I assume about cattle), and his grandpa just sat and visited with him about it. Grandpas are amazing aren’t they? So patient and loving; taking time that moms and dads often can’t because of work and other responsibilities.

I had a grandpa who always took time: time for talks, time for stories, time for driving lessons, time to remind his grandkids how much they were loved.

I hope you and your children have grandpas in your lives who take the time for the important things like cattle talks, fort planning, and story telling.

Life is short, and as a mom I need to take a cue from grandparents. It’s not always about what work needs to be done. Much of the time it’s about sitting on a deck and simply listening.

Good and gracious God, thank you for the people in our lives who bring us joy and love, especially grandparents. We thank you and praise you for the gift of daily bread provided by those around us. In the name of Jesus, our Savior, we pray. Amen.

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