This weekend, Suzy and I attended our youngest daughter’s wedding. As you can imagine it was a special occasion attended by their friends and family. Not only did this event welcome Chris and his family to our unique family and vice versa, the wedding was attended by all my children, grandchildren, and my sister. This was the first time all my immediate family were together in a very long time, and we all made good use of the occasion.
It is easy to take the value of family for granted or not value family as much as we should. I know families that do not get along or are divided over issues of favoritism or material wealth. My family members have had their share of squabbles, but somehow, someway, their love for each other and the family as a whole has overcome any petty differences.
The Hebrew Scriptures are full of stories about family differences and squabbles beginning with Cain and Abel. I wish there were more stories about the love of brothers and sisters. It is that love that allows us to see the kind of love God has for us. Love amongst a family sets the example the world can and should follow.