16th Sunday After Pentecost - Devotional - Grandparent and Elderly Sunday

by Pastor Clarissa Martinelli on September 12, 2021

Good morning people of God,
Proverbs 17:6 (The Voice) Grandchildren are the crowning glory and ultimate delight of old age, and parents are the pride of their children.
The COVID-19 Pandemic reshaped our lives in unthinkable ways. It also gave us an appreciation for grandparents and Grandparents and Elderly Day more than ever before. Far too many of us endured unspeakable hardship and loss. The pandemic also made us cherish connections more. There were scores of multigenerational households and grandfamilies where young and old experienced the pandemic together.
National Grandparents Day falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It's not a holiday invented to sell cards and flowers. It was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. 

There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day:
  • To honor grandparents.
  • To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children.
  • To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
 Grandparents & Elderly Day is an important official marker of intergenerational relationships. What a wonderful opportunity for churches, schools and communities to organize events as a way to bring together families and build community. 
Every one of us can show our appreciation and love toward Grandparents and The Elderly; all the while making them feel valued as their role is validated.
Come let us worship together.
Pastor Clarissa

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