Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; Romans 12:10
This past weekend, my wife had a family reunion with her cousins. Since I have been part of this family for nearly 50 years, I have developed close relationships with her family- my in-laws, and her cousins being part of that group, of course.
It is important to know that this family’s story includes the fact that their parents (and aunts and uncles) grew up in a home in Tiffin, Ohio after their ancestors’ father had died of typhoid fever in 1923. Those siblings grew up in an orphanage (but they never called it that- it was their home), and went on to serve in World War II and on the “home front” during that war. Later, they came home to rear a group of highly successful and responsible children whose heritage and offspring continue to be impactful to this day.
They make it a point to get together as frequently as possible, following the steps of their parents, aunts and uncles, to celebrate family. They share joys, heartaches and love exceptionally well. This “overcomer story” should be, and is, celebrated. What a heritage they have of overcoming powerful obstacles together as a family.
At the end of every family gathering each year, they hold hands in a circle and sing the old hymn, “Blessed Be the Tie That Binds”, a tradition that has lasted now for some 65 years. I have always been amazed by this wonderful family, and I am blessed to be a part of it.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the power of love to overcome pain and obstacles, Amen.