Grandmas at the top

A few years ago we went to Austria for a winter sports holiday with my family and my mother. Enjoy skiing, sledding and enjoying holidays together. And also a time of storytelling, especially through my mother. “Tell me about the old days, grandma, the girls often ask.” It is also Grandma who puts the girls to bed, sings with them and always prays with them when they go to sleep. It is grandma who gives a card on their birthday with a suitable Bible verse especially for them.

The moment you enter Austria, you are overwhelmed by high mountains with snow everywhere, cute houses with shutters and lots of trees. The nature is beautiful. Especially in the evening you see lights all around you, even high in the mountains where there are still some houses. It gives such a truly typical Austrian atmosphere.

Ingeborg, who looked around in wonder, said: “You’ll just live there. High in those mountains. How can you go to school then? Or to your friends? It really seems awful to me to live there so remotely.” To which my mother said: “Oh, you know, it just depends on where your cradle was”. To which Ingeborg said: “Your WiFi is on”? To which my mother said: “Wifi, what is WiFi”? Just hilarious. What a generation difference! It’s nice to mention that my mother taught the girls how to ski and skied down the mountain like a fast grandma!

God is a God of generations. As He was faithful to my mother, so He will be faithful to my children. And it is ours to pass on the faith, to live for it and to shape it. So that the children in our family and the children around us see what God is doing in our lives. So that they can see and experience His faithfulness and love, His commitment and friendship.

Last Pentecost weekend I was able to coordinate the Children’s Square at Opwekking together with a very large army of children’s workers. We prepared for months, programs were written, theme songs were created and processing came up. And then the time has come, hundreds, no, thousands of children come to the Children’s Square with their parents, grandparents, or with their friends. What a fantastic sight that is. In the pouring rain, with or without an umbrella, the kids sign up and run into one of the seven children’s tents. From the age of three, there are tailor-made programs suitable for their age and environment. Hundreds of children are told that they are special, and those who do not feel that way can stand and receive prayers to experience that you are loved. Hundreds of children write on a note about their needs and take this note to a large cross where the note is stuck. And many kids give their lives to Jesus, what a special moment that is always. As young as they are, they can know that they belong to Jesus and that He wants to care for them. You don’t have to be twenty or thirty years old for that, the beautiful gospel is for all generations, for all ages.

Joel 1:3 says: Tell your children, and let your children tell their children, and their children the next generation. That is the assignment we are all given. Let us continue to share what God has done in our lives and prepare the next generation for His plan. Are you participating?

About Karin Koornstra

Getrouwd met Martin en moeder van 2 geweldige dochters Ingeborg en Lieselot. Leerkracht, coach, leider en dirigent.Gepassioneerd voor goed kinderwerk in elke kerk!

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