2 Timothy 4:7-87 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Sometimes we are just at a loss for words. As I type this, my sweet cousin in her mid 50’s, who was married not too long ago, then discovered she had cancer, is walking her way toward Glory.
When I was younger, it seems I spent more time with my cousins, mostly when my Mom went to visit my grandmother. As I got older and had my own family, I lost touch with most of them.
Many of us have such “full” lives with immediate family and friends, church, organizations or activities, extended family relationships sometimes drift away as distant memories.
Unfortunately if we pull out a photo of us with one or more of our cousins, aunts or uncles, we find ourselves explaining to our children who they are because they’ve never met.
Some people get on a website and search ancestors from many years ago, yet they are strangers to the living relatives nearby.
It seems like I have been to way too many funerals in the past few years. I go, hug the necks of people I know and we talk about getting together. We don’t. The next time we see each other is for yet another burial.
Why do we wait until our eyes are filled with tears and our hearts are heavy to gather? Let’s get together in times of rejoicing and happiness. Let smiles abound.
Let’s laugh together, learn about one another and share what our husbands, children and grandchildren are doing. Some of us have friends we’ve only known for a few years who know more about us than family members do.
The bad thing is when you see an e mail or text from someone or notice certain people calling, you know that if it is them, something is either wrong or something major has happened in the family and usually not good.
I know life is busy. Let’s find time to re-connect with aunts, uncles and cousins we may not have seen in forever and a day (unless the relationships are unhealthy or unwise to pursue).
PERSPECTIVE IS MUCH MORE QUICKLY AND EASILY LOST THAN FOUND.
When You became a Christian, the family grew! Now, even if you don’t have many (or any) “blood relatives” to enjoy, there’s a world full of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! Celebrate Family! By the way, technically, we are related through the Blood of the Lamb!
Don’t “cop out” and hesitate to connect by assuming you don’t have anything in common with some of those people. Maybe their house is huge, perhaps they are more educated or whatever else, GET OVER THAT! Believer to Believer, What Greater Bond than our SAVIOR?
BLESSED BE THE TIE THAT BINDS!
Lord, thank You for the family You gave us
It is Your Divine Providence for placing us with certain people
As our relatives
Thank You for mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles Nieces, nephews and cousins
We bring You praise, too, Lord, for those who step up and in to be The family we need
You bless us with relationships, Lord
The most important of all, is ours with You
How honored we are to be allowed to call You
Both Father and Friend!
We love You, Lord
According to Your will, please open doors for relationships to
Be re-established or restored
Whether we are just disconnected or disrupted
Please give us wisdom as to how we should go about reaching out to Anyone we may have lost touch with in our family and
Allow communication to resume
If that is not what You would have happen, we ask that our efforts be blocked from progressing
Please be with my cousin, her family and everyone who is hurting right now. Please offer Your peace that passes all human understanding. Be glorified, Almighty God!
The relationship we want to desire the most, Lord
Is the one with our Savior, Jesus Christ
Please give us a yearning to know and love our Redeemer more and more each day
Praise Your Holy and Beautiful Name Jesus
“BLESSED BE YOUR NAME”
BLESSED BE THE TIE THAT BINDS
WE GATHER TOGETHER
FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT, SCRIPTURES
chapters and verses from the Word
encouragement from the Lord, family and friends
experiences personal and family and friends
google, youtube, biblehub, biblegateway
My cousin Cindy and her family
My relatives and friends I love very much and am blessed to have in my life.