Time for Vacation Bible School for the Children and Grandchildren
It's that time of year! If you pop into just about any church or listen to most Christian radio stations, you'll be hearing about it. About what, you may ask? Vacation Bible School – or as it's more commonly known – VBS.
My grandkids are already excitedly telling their great-grandma about the TWO great VBS programs our church is offering this summer – a month apart. Full of colorful crafts, exhilarating music, and plenty of running games, I know they'll have a great time. And even better. They'll be learning important spiritual truths and encouraging Bible memory verses. What a great way to spend part of their summer!
Time for Vacation Bible School for the Parents and GRANDPARENTS
And not just them. For the most part, no matter our age or our physical health, there is probably some place we boomers and senior grandparents can help. Whether it's teaching a class, preparing the snacks, or assiting with crafts, there are plenty of needs for us to provide for. Talk about a super way of leaving a sweet spiritual legacy of servanthood for our grandkids to see. Not to mention the fact that it's just plain FUN to run into a grandkid or maybe even teach one of their classes.
Even if we can't join in this year, perhaps due to Sandwich Generation health issues, we can often still make an important contribution by paying for those camps that charge, transporting our grandkids to and fro, and praying a LOT for them, their teachers and their fellow classmates – for strength, energy, and blessed spiritual growth.
Many years, I have not been in town to help. Other times caregiving duties have kept me sidelined. This year, however, I'm cautiously optimistic that I will get to pitch in. And yes, I did warn the church and VBS staff that I am a multigenerational caregiver and could be called away on short notice. They were great about working with me and thrilled to have extra hands to help.
Time for Vacation Bible School IN the Strength of the Lord
And after all – we don't need to do it alone. In fact, we shouldn't! As the Bible reminds us in Ephesians, "Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma…be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 5:2 and 6:10 (And don't you love the picture above? My oldest grandson helped me come up with the cool special effects at iPiccy that we used in this – a fun precursor to our Vacation Bible School summer activities to come!)
So, if it's at all possible, I'd like to encourage us all – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation – to join in the summer fun of Vacation Bible School with our kids and grandkids. What uplifting joy for us all!
P.S. Don't forget, there's plenty more encouraging Bible verses and ideas for the Sandwich Generation at Internet Cafe Devotions on this Word-Filled Wednesday and Teaching What is Good where you'll find the important reminder of how fleeting our time is with our kids and grandkids. It's so vital to make the most of the moments we have with them, isn't it. 🙂