One of the joys of the boomer senior gardening projects for the Sandwich Generation granny nanny is seeing spiritual truths in the plants - like this sunflower

End of Season Sunflower Houses Offer Comfort and Encouragement To the Sandwich Generation Family

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Speaking of hints of autumn and fall in the air and all around our Sandwich Generation home, check out this sunflower from the not-so-great Sunflower House this year! It's dead! Or is it? Inside it's dead body are seeds that feed birds and squirrels. And when planted next year, new life will spring from it. What a lovely reminder for all of us, particularly those of us caring for elderly parents who may soon be going home to heaven, that for Christians, death is not an end. Just like with the sunflower, it's the beginning of a whole new life! 

One of the joys of the boomer senior gardening projects for the Sandwich Generation granny nanny is seeing spiritual truths in the plants - like this sunflower

When this happens — when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die — then at last the Scriptures will come true: "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 NLT

Talk about sweetly encouraging and comforting Bible verses. Especially since we grandparents also know that it's not just aging parents this can apply to. Many of us, through the years, have dealt with the loss of a husband, a child or a grandchild as well. What sweet joy to know that they are waiting for us safely in heaven!

For more blessed encouragement for you, as you go about your day dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of life, visit Internet Cafe Devotions

P.S. Two more great resources, full of comforting Bible verses and words of wisdom about heaven, are Heaven and 50 Days of Heaven: Reflections That Bring Eternity to Light  by Randy Alcorn. According to, Randy Alcorn's "passion for learning about Heaven began when he read the descriptions in Revelation over and over to his dying mother," and the fruit of that are two wonderful books for families dealing with grief and loss.

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  1. Good morning! Great verse! Stopping by from WFW. Have a wonderfully blessed day!

  2. I so look forward to that verse coming true in my life. No more pain, heartaches, troubles, etc. Peace, peace, wonderful peace. What a day that will be.

  3. Blessings Kaye,

    What beautiful comforting verses and thoughts! I love the comparison to the SONflower! Seed for future generations being planted in God’s Word! Blessed and thankful for this lovely reminder and thoughts of Heaven.

    Thanks for sharing such great resources for us all grieving or not.
    I have Randy’s book in my Kindle wishlist of samples… and traded it for the 50 day reflections! Yes, it certainly applies to all of us on both sides of the Sandwich…and in between.

    Btw, is it already night? or were you just wishing it so, after a hard day and hoping to get through 8th grade homework like a pro? I know you’ll shine… and God can help you look even better than we are with no “yikes”…:0) How blessed they are to have you!!!
    Thank you again and have a blessed week and wonderful weekend.

    peace and love,

    • Beth
    • August 24, 2011

    This is so where I am right now. Hospice said that they don’t think my parents are going to linger much longer. So sad. God bless them. Such a sad season. I’m grateful for eternity.

  4. Great photo and verse!! Joy and blessings to you today!!

    • lori
    • August 24, 2011

    Kaye….so, so, so TRUE…what a great post! I have a friend who lost her dad last week and we’ve been talking so much about the ‘earthly body….’ being just that…an earthly body… So timely!

    YOU are such a blessing!! Hey! Wanna write something for grands next month…holler at me! We’d LOVE your voice at the Family Counter! 🙂

  5. Oh Beth, I’m so sorry to hear that. And yet, with you, I rejoice for the joy of knowing that it is just a temporary good-bye. LIke one writer described it, it’s as if our beloveds are headed off on a wonderful cruise. We are going to miss them so much, and yet we know they are so blessed and we will see them again. But oh, the transition can be so hard. I pray that your hospice is as much a blessing to you during this time as ours was for us. Praying for you!

    • amydeanne
    • August 25, 2011

    fabulous verse and i love randy alcorn as well!
    I’m behind as usual, but It was for good reasons! We had 315 kids show up for our VBS this year and I was helping out! so jsut trying to recover this week from it.
    Thanks for the encouragements! 🙂

  6. Hi Dawn. Thank you. 🙂

  7. Amen, Alice. AMEN. 🙂

  8. Thanks so much, Peggy. 🙂 🙂 🙂 We did make it thru the homework, but more this weekend. Praying we get caught up after some orthodontist work this week. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. Thanks, Lori. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  10. Thanks so much Alida 🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. Hi Amy, How AWESOME!!!! What a blessing to minister to those sweet kids. But boy, I know just what you mean! VBS always left me totally exhausted but oh, how I loved it. 🙂

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