Over the weekend I flew back home to attend my Grandpa’s 80th birthday party. It was a very quick visit. I flew in on Saturday afternoon and out again Sunday night. My parents generously paid for the flights because they thought Grandpa would really appreciate it. When we turned up at my uncle’s place where the party was being held Grandpa did seem particularly touched and surprised to see me. It seemed like he was a little overwhelmed a few times throughout the afternoon, touched by who had come and what they said about him.
Grandpa’s oldest child, my aunty, organised a time for people to share stories about Grandpa.
The thing that stuck with me the most was how much Grandpa loves Grandma. It is noticeable. People had stories about it. He does things for Grandma as soon as she mentions it. He still counts himself lucky to have her.
My aunty said that she and her siblings, Grandpa’s children, had much to live up to in this area. But not just his children, I thought. His grandchildren too. What a great example of selfless love my Grandpa is.
The Bible says that marriage is a picture, a reflection, a model of Jesus’ love for his bride, the church. And we all know what that love looks like. That love laid down Jesus’ life for the sake of the church, of those who follow Jesus. God calls husbands and wives to love each other sacrificially like this. What a great example of selfless love my saviour Jesus is.
I’ve seen some of this in my Grandpa and I’ve been reinspired by him to love my husband like that too. Thank you Grandpa for your life well lived. Thank you for the example of your love still lived. Happy Birthday.