It might not be serious but anytime one of our loved ones is ill we naturally are concerned. And of course when it is one of our grandchildren we wish we could rush to her side to give her our love. Turns out Rachel – she’s younger in this photo – is in hospital and so because we cannot be by her side we reach out in prayer.
That’s the wonderful nature of prayer – it reaches beyond geography. It reaches beyond time too. The invitation from Scripture is to cast all our cares on Jesus. This isn’t a magic wand kind of action, but that God who is the author of life can bring healing and life to any situation.
So we pray for little Rachel that she will be held in the arms of God tonight and healing will come through modern medicine and the hand of God.
Rachel is now in school and learning so many different things. Last night’s video chat featured time to sit and show Grandma and Grandpa what she could do. Her joy in being able to write her own name was evident. Then she drew a picture of her and Grandpa and wrote “Grandpa” on it! She was so proud.
Her joy in learning runs through us all. There’s very few of us who aren’t publicly or privately thrilled to learn something new.
For some reason as we age many people stop pursuing learning. Even reading the latest books or taking a night class keeps the learning going. It’s good for your brain!
By the way, that’s me and Rachel in the picture if you couldn’t tell. And I was reminded again yesterday what I have learned since becoming a Grandpa. This is a blessing from God that is hard to match.
This summer Rachel has really taken to Skype – not that she has her own account, she uses her Mom’s or Grandmother’s account. It is now not unusual at some point in my day to get a call on Skype from her. She is becoming quite a conversationalist too.
On this day she had her tiara from her birthday party. So of course, she had to put that on. She usually wants to know where Grandma is when she calls and sometimes Wendy is able to join us. It is always a delight to get these calls, and as you can imagine we are amazed at how she is growing and developing. She is developing into a lovely young girl.
I wonder which one of the grandchildren will be next?