This past week I have been attending the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network POAMN) Annual Conference, which took place on the beautiful campus of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. One of the most active participants was a ninety-one year old woman from Grosse Isle, just outside Detroit. She is a founding member and has been with the organization since its inception some 35 years ago. She told us how her most important mentors in the faith were her mother and grandmother. Her story reflects that of the disciple Timothy, whose faith Paul credits to his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois.
Another woman at our conference told us about two very important faith formation groups in her church in San Antonio: “Grandfamilies”, a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren, something we are seeing much more of these days, and “Bad A Grandmas!” I’d love to be a “Bad A Grandma”! I imagine Lois was a “Bad A Grandma” to Timothy, challenging him to be all that he could be and to do all that he could do to serve the Lord, but also loving him unconditionally as only a truly “Bad A Grandma” could do! Whether you have grandchildren or not, you can be a mentor to some young person seeking someone with whom to share their questions about life, someone to accompany them in their faith journey. You too can be a “Bad A Grandma or Grandpa!”