How Grandparenting Has Not Changed – 1 Corinthians 13

As Jerry and I enjoyed our simple bean soup dinner, we realized it was a perfect evening to go on a quick shopping trip. Our next grandchild, another Miss Davis, is due to make her appearance in Florida sometime in January, and Grandpa Jerry was ready to find her a special blanket.

Avalyn sleeping on the blanket her Aunt Amy and I made last year.

Grandpa’s hug

Jerry likes to begin his relationship with our grandchildren by giving them soft, cuddly blankets. One of our sons and his wife called it “Grandpa’s first hug” and enfolded their daughter in it before leaving the hospital.

I cleared the table, Jerry took a quick shower, and we were off to Wal-Mart where we are usually satisfied with the selection and prices.

No baby blankets?

Disbelief. There were two choices for baby girl blankets, and we didn’t like either of them. We both have an aversion to some forms of pink, so we’d hoped for several color options. The blanket had to be just right, something Jerry could imagine holding the little one in close to his heart.

The next store was the same. Now we had two failures at finding a good selection. We headed for a third store across town, wishing instead we could be home getting sleepy on the couch. Love drove us on.

In a large store full of toys and baby things, there were no blankets. We had no idea where else to look, except online. I have heard that one day the bulk of shopping will take place online, but this time it would take too long to order it, wrap and send it off.

What changes are next?

“Love never ends… So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:8 &13 ESV).

When my son was deployed a few years ago, it was surreal to think I would be able to exchange emails with him. I have copies of the few V-mail letters my Uncle Duane sent home while he fought in WWII. My grandmother would have dearly loved sitting at her dining room table reading current and frequent messages from her son. Her love and prayers were steadfast, however, as were mine for my son.

From trading posts to shopping online and from V-mail to email, the ways we exchange goods and services and connect with each other are continually evolving.

The scripture says love is eternal, and that of the three things that abide (live on, stay, continue), love is the greatest. Love will never go away. Whatever comes, there will always be a way to express love to others.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of the books "Jesus Talked to Me Today" and "Seeking His Presence," and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Junction City, Oregon. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has also written for Warner Press since 2016 and posts devotions on her blog at .


  1. Beautiful, Kathy. I have one grandson and another new grandbaby on the way. I can relate to the snuggles and hugs and Jesus love: ” . . . and the greatest of these is love.” Indeed!

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