I am unpacking my suitcase today for the second time in a month having visited family in Michigan twice. I’m tired and slow today but feeling richly blest with wonderful memories of eternity-real events. I hope to unpack some of these things here so that we can remember and savor later.
A funeral in our family is a reunion as well as saying Good-bye to a loved one. This particular funeral was extra special in many ways. Dave’s life story of redemption: a sinner saved by grace, married children walking with the Lord, and grandchildren who will do that, as well. The neighbors bore witness to his life of commitment to family and quality work.
Dave cut a lot of ice with his neighbors and friends and children. And I have to say I was blown away by the generosity and love these folks shared with us, just because we are Dave’s family.
It’s fun being with the cousins. Everyone has his story and gray hair and maybe even a few grandchildren. But we are NOT the oldies, if you ask the oldies. And we like to hear that. At least for two days we felt like the nieces and nephews in the younger sense. It is a great feelin’.
I took this picture of my brother making breakfast for us on Sunday morning.
“That’s a sick picture.” He declared when I posted it on family facebook.
I think it’s a great picture. Don’t you? He is my brother. He is also a dad and husband to a lovely family out in Idaho. And he is a preacher in the Bonner’s Ferry Mennonite church. He does a great job wearing all those hats.
How about a little bragging on you, Daytan! Deal with it. You have it coming!
And here’s another Praise The Lord in our lives. These two wonderful peoples were there, too. And told us some of their story.
I guess that is probably the best thing I learned this weekend. Everyone has a story and often it is packed with redemption and forgiveness, making all the difference about eternity in our hearts.
Live your story so that the rest of us get to see a clear picture of God’s grace. That is what family is supposed to be all about anyway, isn’t it?!