Our family recently gathered for a family reunion. But before our arrival, some of our younger members expressed apprehension, saying,”I don’t know those people”. And much to my surprise, I spent most of the day trying to identify who was who, or to which branch of the family they belonged.I was amazed how much the “little ones” had changed in the past ten years. They were grown…with families of their own!
Fortunately, one of our daughters took time to make name tags. She organized and categorized everyone according to their family branch. So, it became an adventure to discover how our family had grown and blossomed into the next generation.
Just think, after ten years, we became reacquainted. The younger crowd played games, while the older members sat around sharing stories of the past. There was much laughter, and some tears, but that’s the essence of life. I was reminded of a verse of scripture: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
Afterwards, when I took time to reflect on the day, I was reminded how Jesus used the “vine” to explain our connection: “I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5). If we take time to focus on our roots,we discover no matter how much we have changed, or how far we have traveled, we remain a family. And that is something to celebrate.
To all my family,and friends, I wish you a blessed day.
Until next time, Donna