Family is an incredible institution. The connections through blood and marriage are many and varied, each one carrying the possibility of friendship, fellowship and blessing. This past weekend was one of those moments where I was reminded of this complex and beautiful blessing. Nanas, papas, aunts, uncles, cousins gathered to give thanks and remind one another that, while the world may assail us, family gives us strength.
God has also given us a family that offers of friendship, fellowship and blessing. The relationships we experience can remind us that the world holds no fear for us. Together we give strength to each other and spur one another on to the good deeds of our good God. It is good to have family.
I hope that you had time this Thanksgiving to consider the blessing of family, both the natural one and the spiritual one. God has blessed us with both and has called us to be a blessing to both. This year I hope that the way I live is reason for someone else to give thanks. I hope I love my families with gratitude and grace. I hope I don’t forget in the busyness and distractions of life in this world that family is a blessing and that I am to be a blessing to my family. Lord help me to be mindful of these truths. Amen.