I have very fond memories of my Grandpa Dean.  He was the kindest, gentlest man I have ever been around. He was so soft hearted that one particular time he turned a big beetle over that had somehow turned upside down and couldn’t move. Its spindly little legs were pumping, but alas, to no avail. I remember thinking, “Why not just step on that creepy thing or kick it somewhere?”  Not him.

What I didn’t know as a kid was that my grandpa had a pretty good temper before I came around.  I’m told he would pick fights with fans at hockey games, fight with pro wrestlers at the matches and as a volunteer policeman, engage with criminals for the sheer joy of doing so.  That is, until his first grandchild was born; me.  My dad told me grandpa changed completely when I was born.  He went from lion to lamb, from fighter to lover, he would be a good example of George Bush’s “Kinder, gentler nation.” Kids can have an amazing effect on the world around them.

Psalm 8:2 says, “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”  God loves to use the weak to silence the strong.  He gives grace to the humble, yet opposes the proud.

Christians are often now the targets of all kinds of ridicule in the media, in the schools, even in the government.  Few could have predicted this level of darkness 40 years ago.  Gay marriage, legalized pot, porn available at the touch of a button, tolerance and promotion of all religions except Christianity and Judaism…It can seem hopeless at times.

As God’s children, we have been granted access to our Father, our Dad. If we humble ourselves before Him like a child and seek His face, He will hear from heaven and heal our land; He is big enough to do it.

If my grandpa could turn around the fate of a beetle, I’m sure God could turn our nation around.  I still think beetles are creepy.