My childhood is filled with wonderful memories of the closeness of relatives; not just my immediate family, but a whole plethora of cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Every summer we we’d gather for family reunions. There were tables of homemade yummy food, lots of fun things to do and a chance to catch up on what was going on in the family.
I know people still do that, but families have become so spread out that it’s often difficult to get everyone together at the same time. I miss those days, but even more than the times, I miss the people. I yearn to talk to them, to laugh with them and to share with them once more.
The electronic age has made it possible to communicate via e-mail, Skype and other means, but it isn’t the same as seeing them in the flesh. There’s something about actual physical contact that can’t be replicated on a screen. The ties that bind us are stronger than sound waves or the world wide web.
The old saying that you can choose your friends, but not your relatives may hold a bit of truth. When you have a loving family – one that really cares about each other; one that puts God at the forefront; one that follows His teachings – you have a much better chance of really liking them.
Dear God, be with my family as they go through this life, protect them with your loving arms and keep them focused on you and your Word. I can’t wait for that final reunion when we’ll all be together again. Amen!