Sunday was both Father’s Day and my 22nd anniversary. Both of these events got me to thinking about family. I believe one of God’s greatest blessings is the families we are born into or acquire.
Speaking of acquired family, I hit the jackpot with my wife Sharon. She has been a source of love and support and strength from day one, and I love her more every day.
Obviously, not everyone comes from a wonderful family. Some receive little love from their families. Some are even killed by their mothers before they are born. I feel for those who are not surrounded by loving, supportive families. It was not God’s intention that any would grow up without love. It’s man’s sinful nature that allowed that situation to arise.
From my earliest memories, I felt love very strongly from my parents. I was also very fortunate to have loving grandparents and aunts and uncles. I probably don’t even begin to understand all the benefits to me from these loving people.
My sister Barb has been there ever since the day I was born. We had our own sets of friends and our own interests growing up, and I can’t say we were especially close, and geography has kept us from being close in our adult lives, but I’ve always felt a special bond with Barb. I’ve always known she cared, and that’s a tremendous source of peace and strength. And since she married Joe Estinson a few years ago, she has given me some wonderful new nieces and nephews.
It’s hard for me to talk about my daughter Lynn without getting maudlin. She’s been a special treasure every day of her life, and she’s given me a great son-in-law and three wonderful grandsons. What a source of joy, and what peace to know she’s happy and leading a fulfilled life.
One of the things my mother and aunts did for us kids was to make sure all of us cousins got to spend time together growing up, and that has been important to us. Age differences and geography have prevented me from being quite as close to some of them as I would like, but I think any of us would come running if one of us needed it.
Two of my cousins in particular—a pair of fraternal twins—are close enough to me in age and have always lived close enough that we’ve developed special bonds. As time goes on, I’ve come to think of both of them more as sisters than cousins, and their love and support has always been extremely important to me. I hope I’ve said this without hurting Jan’s or Phyllis’s or Randy’s or Mike’s feelings, because I love all of them, too. It’s just that there’s a special bond with Jane and June (and June’s husband Jerry).
God has blessed me in so many ways throughout my life—and I’m sure that includes a lot of blessings I haven’t even been aware of—but I think my family is among the greatest of his blessings, and I thank Him every day for them.
What blessings are you especially thankful for.
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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