IN OUR FAMILY I always asked my mother to tell about when she was young and often drove my grandfather’s car for him. He was a minister of a rural church, and in the afternoons went from house to house visiting the members of his congregation. He did not particularly like to drive a car, so she often acted as his chauffeur. One afternoon she went into a house to visit with him, and when they returned to the car, a cow had stuck her nose in and chewed up part of my grandfather’s Bible. We still have that Bible in our family today, and I tell my children and grandchildren this story.
—Betty Shannon Cloyd
Parents and Grandparents as Spiritual Guides: Nurturing Children of the Promise (Upper Room Books, 2000)
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Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their parents.
—Proverbs 17:6 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
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