5. Relationships with Others
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Society is full of hate and short-tempered, prickly people. Violence is condoned and the cancel culture is vicious. But we are called to love.
I am honestly so glad I was not a teen in the present media-driven world—but my grandchildren either are, or will be soon. Their social relationships are fraught with the land mines of ulterior motives, false allegiances, and dangling deceptions. Our prayers may be the only thing keeping them together on the inside.
Besides social pressures, many of our grandchildren must also navigate step-families. While they belong in both their mother’s and father’s homes, they may never feel complete rest in either place.
Sometimes their lives are literally split in half—spending a few days a week in each house. And if their parents don’t get along with each other, it only adds to the stress our grandkids feel. They may feel tempted to act out their frustrations—or at least voice them at high volume.
\We need to pray that our grandkids will be so full of God’s love that it will spill over on everyone around them.
"Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39
Our grandkids live in times that are very different from the ones in which we grew up. The stakes are high. But God is greater. We can trust Him to take care of our loved ones and work out His will for them. When circumstances become chaotic, it is a red flag for us to pray all the more.
Search out a verse or passage that can stand as a life-verse for each of your grandchildren. Claim it every day for them and pray through these themes. Then stand back and watch God’s marvelous works.
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