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GRANDPARENTS

Craig Mitchell

STUFF YOU WILL NEED

  • a Bible
  • sheets of paper
  • pencils or crayons

CHECKING IN

Talk together about the following questions. It will help the conversation if you think of some answers before your time together.
       How has your week been?
       What devozine meditation did you enjoy most this week? Why?
       How would you describe your grandparents?
       What are your special memories of time spent with your grandparents?
       What are the most valuable lessons that your grandparents have taught you?
       What have they learned from you?
       Who in your church has taught you things—through words or actions—about faith?

EXPLORING THE WORD

Scripture: Psalm 78:18

Read aloud Psalm 78:18. Then read or explain in your own words the following information:

“See if this sounds familiar: ‘I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. . . . When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.’

“It may surprise you to learn that the statement above was written in 800 BC by a man named Hesiod. For thousands of years, people have been complaining about the recklessness of youth. But there are many people who genuinely like young people, who value and respect them. How many can you name?

“Psalm 78 stresses the importance of family—particularly the family of faith that teaches us the history of our faith. This family includes the people who tell us stories, share their wisdom, pass on the things that they have learned, and encourage us in our faith. The Jewish people recognized that faith needed to be discovered and claimed by every generation, but this could happen only through the example and witness of those who were already on the path. In the same way, the faithful in this generation are called to pass on the history, the stories, the power of our faith to those who will come after us.”

       Who are the people who have taught you about faith?
       What did they teach you?
       How do you decide what you will believe and what you will reject?
       Do you seek the wisdom of your elders of your family of faith as you make these decisions?
       What parts of your faith would you like to pass on to future generations? How can you do that?
       What questions of faith would you like to ask someone who is older and wiser?

SHARING IN PRAYER

Draw in the center of a piece of paper a picture of yourself. Around this picture, draw the members of your family. (Stick figures are fine!) Draw a line from each family member to yourself. On each line write one word that describes your relationship with that person.

Talk together about your family relationships. Then, spend some time praying for one another, for those relationships for which you are thankful, and for those that need God’s special blessing.

—from devozine Guide for Mentors and Small Groups (November/December 1998, “Grandparents”). Copyright © 1998 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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