Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive plants
around your table. Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. Psalm 128:3-4
The family is all together this week on vacation. We do this once a year, and this week is something we all long for and look forward to. How blessed we are to have an intact family, and one that really wants to be together!
All the grandchildren are here and there is interaction among the cousins with the older ones helping out with the younger ones. One of my grandsons is especially interested in all things electronic, and he helped his Poppa figure out one of the normal “Poppa mistakes” when using the internet. We play cards and board games, and we laugh. A lot.
Sitting around the table at dinner, celebrating my son-in-law’s birthday, there was joy and laughter and good conversation. I could experience how the verse from Psalms about celebrating family was compared in terms reflecting the richest blessings of the land.
I am blessed with an amazing loving wife, and two great children. They have married loving and strong, and talented spouses, and have produced six children of their own – my grandkids. The grandkids, of course, are the dearest prizes- but I don’t need to explain that to the grandparents reading this today!
Not all families are this fortunate. Many people have had losses, or possibly estrangement. I see this daily in clients who grieve losses of family. I grieve with them, and I encourage reconciliation where possible, acceptance when it is not.
So, a simple message today of cherishing family -gratitude for their presence, blessings for their future, and continued family gatherings for their coming generations!
Prayer: Thank you Father for the plan of family, and the joy of their presence, Amen.