A few months ago my dad was looking around his church in Winona and thinking about his grandson with disabilities – and decided he needed to do something at his church.
If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know my affections for my dad. God made him into a truly great man in my life, and about the best grandfather that exists on the planet for a little boy with multiple disabilities. I am grateful to God for him.
He just turned 80 in January.
So, his phone call to me last night was to report on the most recent meeting of the group that is creating a disability ministry at his church, a group that he quietly started and includes pastoral leadership as well as several others from the church. He was pretty excited about it.
I am sitting here in tears, grateful that my dad isn’t wasting his life but still looking for ways to bring more people into the kingdom of Jesus.
And I think about my boy, who will never be ‘productive’ from a worldly sense. Through his grandfather’s love for him, expressed in an entirely different setting, how many people will God call into that kingdom? Outcomes that lead to an eternity with Jesus seem productive to me!
I don’t think of my dad as ‘aged.’ But this verse is really appropriate tonight from Proverbs 17:6:
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
and the glory of children is their fathers.
Thanks, Dad, for continuing to teach me what love and perseverance look like.