Grandpa's Birthday

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” - Pericles

The older I get the more I reflect on my father’s father. He was born in Orebro, Sweden on May 7, 1880. He would have turned 140 this week – had he survived!

He emigrated from Sweden with his family as a one-year-old child. The records are sketchy; his naturalization papers list an unknown ship from an unknown port arriving in the United States at an unknown destination.

I lived my first five years next door to him and my grandmother; later we moved a few blocks away. But his influence grew throughout my childhood and youth. Fishing, bonfires, writing, history, and baseball were some of his loves that I inherited.

The Psalmist reflected on his advancing years and the importance of reaching out to the next generation. He wrote, “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.” (Psalm 71:18)

Our relationship with God is never for us alone. Whatever our age, we have a responsibility to declare what He has done for us to those following behind and to share what we have learned with the next generation. 

Dan Bolin


Refueling in Flight Ministries