For the first time in 3 years we are going to all be together.
The whole family.
It has the potential to be a glorious time.
And there is opportunity for, well, a not so glorious time.
Fourteen personalities - 9 guys, and 5 girls.
Four marriages. 6 kids.
Many different ages.
14 different opinions.
And I am beyond excited!!!!
Being that we live in 4 different states -
two clear across the country from the other two -
we don't get this chance often enough.
And we always love to get together.
But, we are people, and in spite of our love for each other
we must still make a conscience decision
to unconditionally love each other in confined spaces.
To look over each other's faults.
To speak kindly of each other and to each other.
To put others needs and desires ahead of our own.
To respect each others space and opinions.
To not be easily offended or hurt.
To remember that just because we are family it does not give us the
freedom to operate in the flesh
but rather the greater responsibility to live by the Spirit.
I have not really worried about us,
knowing we are blessed
to have a family that longs to be together,
but I would be naive to think that there is not a risk here.
We are living in a time when families are easily
torn apart by things said
or actions taken.
And it is, by nature, our tendency to look out for ourselves
And so I write this;
Knowing how excited we all are to spend this time together.
Wanting it to be with the same expectation that we wait for the next time.
Desiring that we miss each other when all is said and done.
And knowing that each one makes this imperfectly, perfect family.