I am writing this post from New York City. For the last four days we have been exploring the place that we called home in 2011-2012, traveling with friends from Goshen, Indiana. One of the highlights was returning to Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship where I preached a sermon called “Loving Our Children’s Children.”
I was rather rusty in the pulpit. I hadn’t preached a sermon for at least seven years. The last one was about story telling. This one about grandparenting.
I shared my insecurity, and friends came to my rescue. About thirty people jumped on the question I put out on FB: “what is the greatest gift you can give to grandchildren?” Others offered to pray for me as I prepared. I was guided by Lady Wisdom herself, the speaker in the sermon text, Proverbs 8, who describes what it was like to be at the side of the Creator before there were oceans and mountains. Lady Wisdom was present there in that room of 20 people (four of them children) sitting in a circle, singing in four part harmony, and sharing each other’s burdens and joys. And she was having fun!
I often make discoveries while I am preparing to preach, and last Sunday was no exception. I had not seen the connection before between the Wisdom Literature I love in the Bible and the calling to teach our children’s children. And I found the missing link I was searching for: the connection between teaching and playing. Lady Wisdom is the great teacher in this regard. I won’t preach the whole sermon here. 🙂 But if you ask, I might be able to bring it to your church sometime.
Three other opportunities to connect
I will be talking about passing along faith and values, building a spiritual legacy, in two more settings this fall and winter. On November 4 I will teach a course for the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning on Leaving a Spiritual Legacy. If you live near Lancaster, PA, you can sign up here.
I will also be an “adjunct faculty” member for an upcoming course taught by Linda and Richard Eyre called Grandparenting101. I am quite excited about this class and have signed up as a member. The Eyers have been amassing an incredible library of good information on how children learn values, and I hope to take my own grandparenting to the next level of wisdom with their help. I’d love to have some of you join me and share what you learn here. If you sign up here soon, you will have a chance to participate in an orientation session, access special resources online, and take the class one module for every month for the next six months.
Also, on September 11, Grandparents Day, I will be doing a Zoom webinar on ten themes in The Mindful Grandparent with the GaGa Sisterhood founded by Donne Davis, a previous guest on this blog. You can sign up to join here.
Evidently, I am a Mennonite Mom Blogger. This blog landed on the #1 space in this list of other Mennonite Mom blogs compiled by Feedspot. It’s an honor to be mentioned, and I am glad to be in the company of other bloggers I myself enjoy reading. I also use Feedspot to locate grandparenting podcasts.
Now, if you have come back from following all those links, 🙂 I’d love your opinion. What connection do you see between passing on a legacy of faith and engaging in play with our children and grandchildren?