Suzy commented the other day that since we are fully vaccinated, “I feel like I have to reintroduce myself to friends.” I don’t know if you feel that way, but I do sense that I need to play catch up with friends, but more importantly with family. In some cases, I haven’t seen some of children and grandchildren in over a year. Today, we are driving to Asheville to see Kelley, and soon we hope to see Walter, Missy, Rebecca and Greg. It’s not that I haven’t zoomed and talked to family but face to face contact can not be replaced.
One of the many lessons we have learned from Covid is the value of friends and family. We can kid ourselves by saying we are self-sufficient and can get along alone, but life doesn’t work that way. Lent is a good time to reach out to friends and family, to make plans after you are fully vaccinated, and make contact.
I am always saddened when I read about family members who haven’t seen each other or no longer speak. Sometimes there is a good reason, but a lot of time it is pure stubbornness on one or both sides. Consider reaching out to that family member you haven’t seen or heard from lately. Love of family is one of God’s greatest gifts.