Summary: Here’s a sermon for Grandparents Day preaching. It shows how valuable grandparents can be to the spiritual growth of their grandchildren.


Ruth 4:13-17

[13] So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.

[14] And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

[15] And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

[16] And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

[17] And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Does anybody know what today is?

It’s National Grandparents Day! If you are a Grandparent…stand!

Do you know how Grandparents Day got started?

Residents of Fayette County, West Virginia, Marian McQuade and her husband Joe are the parents of 15 children, grandparents of 40 and great grandparents of 8. It was her work that began in 1956 that eventually helped persuade President Richard Nixon to proclaim a National Shut-in Day.

In 1973, after a 5-year campaign, Mrs. McQuade pushed the legislation that Congress passed proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. September was chosen to honor Grandparents because it symbolized the “autumn years” of life. President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.

One of the things that makes man far different…

from all other living creatures…is Grandparents.

F. W. Boreham wrote:

"The bursting buds of spring push off the last lingering leaves of the previous season, and thus decline to have anything to do with the generation that preceded them, to say nothing of the generation before that. Among animals and birds a certain filial affection is sometimes found for fathers and mothers, but of the grandfather and grandmother never a trace. But a man is so much greater than either a tree or a beast that a special factor is introduced into his training. He comes under the influence not only of teachers and tutors, of fathers and mothers, but grandfathers and grandmothers as well."

The impact of grandpas and grandmas in history

is impossible to calculate.

The Bible tells us about grandparents.

Who played a key role,

in the way history went.

Hezekiah was one of the best kings Israel ever had.

His father, Ahaz, was one of the worst they ever had.

But his grandfather was Jotham.

The Bible says this about Jotham:

…he did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord.

Hezekiah took after his grandfather rather than his father.

And the result was victory for the kingdom of God.

Because of the powerful influence of grandparents

there is always hope!

Even if one generation goes astray,

the next generation can be brought back

through the influence of grandparents.

They often bridge the gap between parents and children.

They make major differences in the course of history.

It is a strange question to ask,

but the book of Ruth makes us ask it:

Is a baby on the day of its birth more a child…or a grandchild?

In other words, who is to be more congratulated,

the parents or the grandparents?

The Book of Ruth votes for the grandparents!

The Book of Ruth comes to a happy ending

with Grandma Naomi holding grandson Obed in her lap,

and everybody singing her praises.

Point #1.


Ruth 4:15

He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth."

The women say of baby Obed,

"He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age."

This little guy was to be an energy booster to old Naomi.

There is something about a grandchild

that can change the whole outlook on life,

and bring hope and joy.

Listen to Proverbs 17:6:

"Children’s children are a crown to the aged."

Isn’t that the truth?

Your children may have kept you poor!

But their children will make you rich.

They renew your spirit!

They give you a whole new role in loving and serving.

Until this scene where Naomi becomes a grandmother…

her life has been one trial after another.

Life has been a real burden!

She has seen her family suffer in a drought.

She has had to leave her home and move to a strange land.

She has suffered the loss of her husband and both sons.

She has had to endure the life of poverty and despair.

She has had to bear the responsibility of caring for Ruth…

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