I Have Good News and Bad News

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by: Rich Vaughan

11/23/2020

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We all know how that phrase goes, don’t we? Well, the good news is that our youngest grandchild has made his appearance. Allen Caden Vaughan was born on Saturday morning, November 21st. Mom & Caden (that’s what he will be called) seem to be doing fine.  

So, what’s the bad news?  Debbie and I are not as young as we use to be! While Mommy and Daddy are at the hospital with Caden, Debbie and I have been in Sanford, NC babysitting Piper. Piper is 2 years old. We are not. She wants more of Debbie’s attention, which of course is a break for me, and yet I am tired so I cannot image how Debbie must feel! There is a reason young people have babies and older people do not! For the grandparents out there who are having to raise their grandchildren because their children were not able to or vacated their responsibility, you have my respect, my profound amazement, and my prayers. With all that said, what does this have to do with a devotion? It has to do with love.

Grandparents who have to become the “Mother & Father” for their grandchildren do so because they love those grandchildren and want the best for them. While it was surely not what they planned for their “sunset years”, it is the journey and task they take on because of their love for those children. Piper is going to learn about love as well. As a new sibling comes into the home Piper is going to have to figure out that Mommy and Daddy still love her with all their heart, just as before. But now Caden will be added into that equation and Piper will have to adjust to that reality. We will love Caden just as much as we love Piper and Dylan Reese. It can’t be explained it is just how love is. The same is true about God’s love. He loves each of us with all his heart. We might not be able to understand how or why he loves this “other child” but God does. It is one of the great eternal truths that should help you celebrate this Thanksgiving. We talk about a lot of things we are thankful for; may God’s love be on top of that list. Amen & Amen.

Agape,

Rev. Rich

We all know how that phrase goes, don’t we? Well, the good news is that our youngest grandchild has made his appearance. Allen Caden Vaughan was born on Saturday morning, November 21st. Mom & Caden (that’s what he will be called) seem to be doing fine.  

So, what’s the bad news?  Debbie and I are not as young as we use to be! While Mommy and Daddy are at the hospital with Caden, Debbie and I have been in Sanford, NC babysitting Piper. Piper is 2 years old. We are not. She wants more of Debbie’s attention, which of course is a break for me, and yet I am tired so I cannot image how Debbie must feel! There is a reason young people have babies and older people do not! For the grandparents out there who are having to raise their grandchildren because their children were not able to or vacated their responsibility, you have my respect, my profound amazement, and my prayers. With all that said, what does this have to do with a devotion? It has to do with love.

Grandparents who have to become the “Mother & Father” for their grandchildren do so because they love those grandchildren and want the best for them. While it was surely not what they planned for their “sunset years”, it is the journey and task they take on because of their love for those children. Piper is going to learn about love as well. As a new sibling comes into the home Piper is going to have to figure out that Mommy and Daddy still love her with all their heart, just as before. But now Caden will be added into that equation and Piper will have to adjust to that reality. We will love Caden just as much as we love Piper and Dylan Reese. It can’t be explained it is just how love is. The same is true about God’s love. He loves each of us with all his heart. We might not be able to understand how or why he loves this “other child” but God does. It is one of the great eternal truths that should help you celebrate this Thanksgiving. We talk about a lot of things we are thankful for; may God’s love be on top of that list. Amen & Amen.

Agape,

Rev. Rich

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