Come, Child. Come.

“Grandpa, Grandpa!”

“Yes, dear, what is it?”

Placing her hands on his. “Will you tell me a story?”

“A story, eh?.. Hmm. Well, lets see what I can do about that.”

Cupping her chin he asked, “Should I tell you about when you were born, and God taught me about his goodness? Or the day I first held your mother and she wrapped her hand around my finger, and God taught me about sacrifice? Should I tell you about marrying your grandmother, and God teaching me how to love?”

Grinning, “No, grandpa, tell me the other one.”

Grandpa smiled. “I know just the one. I’ll tell you the story about the day God picked me up, and taught me about His grace, that I didn’t deserve…”

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There’s something about this photo that defies the 40-word rule. When I think about grandparents, I think about their stories, and all the wisdom they have to share.

When I looked at this photo and thought about all the things our grandparents (and their parents and their parents) have seen, it made me realize that we have, through their stories and testimonies, a living, ongoing testimony to God’s continued faithfulness.

At the same time, the photo made me think of God, and coming to him like a child – trusting Him completely, with a child-like faith and with a child-like whole-hearted love. The same way that the little girl is looking at her grandfather. She loves him. She trusts him. She adores him.

For more Friday’s 40-Or-Less (But not this week!) visit Robin, who it seems, also broke the 40 Word Limit this week. 😉

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Tammy
Tammy
July 18, 2008 12:47 pm

I am humbled by what you saw in this photo. Yes my grandparents, and parents (for my daughter) too, have left a living legacy with their testimonies to God’s grace and faithfulness throughout their lives. Hopefully my husband and me can also leave a legacy for our children in the same way.

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Amber
Amber
July 18, 2008 1:10 pm

I was thinking the same thing, and actually typed it but took it back out again: I want to leave a legacy to my children and my grandchildren of God’s faithfulness through my own testimony of what he done in my life.

chrisb
chrisb
July 18, 2008 2:52 pm

This photo of the two very different generations brings out so many emotions~ especially as I am a grandparent. I love what you have written.

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Amber
Amber
July 18, 2008 4:29 pm

Thank you. And see, I’m not a grandparent yet, but I do already look at my children and see the legacy that I am leaving for them – and how that will be passed from me to them to their children.. it’s a humbling thought.

Karisma
Karisma
July 18, 2008 7:03 pm

Amen to that. Beautiful words and very true!

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Eve
Eve
July 18, 2008 11:04 pm

I love where you went with this. I don’t remember ever asking my grandfather to tell me a story, but he did, anyway. I remember the faith of all my grandparents – that is truly the best legacy.

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Robin
Robin
July 18, 2008 11:48 pm

Brav-O. How can I fuss at you for going over, when I did, too. ESPECIALLY after what you said? It’s beautiful and yes, I see that in these people. I see life in spite of their being “frozen”.

Lovely thoughts…and I feel honored that this photographed helped create this wonderful vignette :).

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Robert
Robert
July 19, 2008 12:25 am

Like you, there was so much more I wanted to say. Maybe I should have defied the rules too. This was well worth the overage! Nicely done. 🙂

Peculiar
Peculiar
July 19, 2008 6:14 pm

I tell ya, this was the hardest one to stick with the rules on, I think. I did, but it was HARD!! Like you said, there is so much to say or so much that comes to mind when you see this. I loved my grandparents very much, and I miss them now. You said exactly what can be imagined this grandpa would or should say to his granddaughter. I love this sculpture. You did a good job!

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