The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
~ Erma Bombeck
I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
Recently I was with a relative at a family gathering. This relative spent much time sniping sarcastically at her mother in law. She had a comment about her bodily functions, her attitude, her manipulative ways, her neediness. I really couldn’t believe that she was tearing so hard at this woman. I didn’t like it, and I didn’t know why. Until I listened to myself.
Those of you who know me know that I have had a challenging journey with this woman who gave birth the best person I have ever known, the best friend I have ever had. She is challenging, manipulative, aging… and a daughter of the King of Kings. God holds her in high esteem, this woman who has traveled North America, Europe, Africa and parts of Latin America spreading the love of God, teaching God’s children, and giving new meaning to the word gusto.
She is an amazing, award winning baker, a sailor, a pilot who never got to serve in the Civil Air Patrol, a mother who literally moved heaven and earth on behalf of her grandchildren. She is not slow to anger but loves with great passion and volume and NOTHING dims the twinkle in her harbor blue eyes.
Today, if you are struggling with an in-law, a relative, give thanks for the fact that you are here, that they gave you a gift, that they have the love of God in any light they shine, and that you are loved with the same volume and magnitude.
Hello My Name Is – Matthew West
Because of Him,