The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


May 7, 2009

Giving thanks for grandmas (and grandpas)

I'll be celebrating Mothers' Day this weekend. Not only do I get to celebrate with my mom, I'll be giving thanks for my maternal grandmother, Ruth, who is 88 and going strong — despite a recent shoulder replacement.

For those on the other side of the relationship, it seems congregations, synods and seminaries are reaching out to support grandparenting as a vocation.

An article in today's Austin [Minn.] Daily Herald features a St. Olaf seminar on the role of grandparents. (St. Olaf is one of the 28 colleges and universities affiliated with the ELCA).

At the seminar, Janet L. Ramsey of Luther Seminary, said:

"We need to pray regularly for both parents and grandparents in each congregation and as a national church, that their important work be strengthened and supported by the Holy Spirit and by the love and care of other Christians.” (Read more at the Daily Herald.)

(For more about the vocation of grandparenting, see The Lutheran's February 2004 issue about grandparents raising their grandchildren.)

If you're like me, and lucky enough to have living grandparents, please join me in giving thanks for them. If you're a grandparent with the vocation of having grandchildren, I'd love to hear what that means to you. Please leave a comment below.

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