Family Love

Your love endures through all generations.
From Psalm 145:13

Last weekend, my sister hosted a cousins’ gathering. This event included all of us first cousins who engaged in an afternoon of reminiscing and storytelling. I admit that tears threatened several times over the course of our time together…

Too many of our loved ones have passed on from this life. These citizens of the hereafter include not only all of our parents, but several cousins as well. I smile my tears away as I consider the significant impact each one of these special people has had on my life. “We’re definitely a unique family,” I tell myself, “mostly because of the love which binds us together no matter what.”

You know, my cousins, all of our parents and I readily admit that not one of us is perfect. Still, we wouldn’t trade any of our family members for anything. We are who we are because of, and occasionally in spite of, one another. So it is that deep gratitude warms me on this cool October afternoon. My dear cousins and I have been deeply blessed. We’ve experienced unconditional love firsthand!

Good and Gracious God, thank you for the people you have given me to love and for those who so generously love me in return.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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The Gift of Family

Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

Psalm 145:13

My sister recently emailed regarding an upcoming family reunion of sorts. Though the event isn’t scheduled until December, Rita sent her note early so the date can be etched in stone on each of our calendars. This gathering will include all of us first cousins and our spouses for an afternoon of reminiscing and catching up. This event never disappoints because of the welcoming setting which draws the best of our family lore from those present.

Over the years, tears have threatened often during these gatherings. As we share our common memories, we can’t help acknowledging our many loved ones who have passed on from this life. These include not only all of our parents, but several cousins as well. I habitually smile my tears away as I consider the significant impact each of these special people has had on my life. “We’re definitely a unique family,” I tell myself, “mostly because of the love which binds us together no matter what.”

As I consider the guest-list to whom Rita sent her email, I must acknowledge that my cousins and I are the first to admit that not one of us is perfect. Still, we wouldn’t trade our family ties for anything. Though the December weather promises cold temperatures outdoors, the atmosphere inside will keep all of us warm. Yes, my dear cousins and I have been deeply blessed. We’ve been given a taste of God’s intent for us all. We’ve experienced unconditional love firsthand.

Good and Gracious God, thank you for revealing your affection in the people you have given me to love and in those who so generously love me in return.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Family Ties

Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

Psalm 145:13

Last weekend, I attended our family’s annual cousins picnic. This event includes all of us first cousins and our spouses in an afternoon of reminiscing and storytelling. This year’s event did not disappoint. The beautiful weather and welcoming setting drew the best of our family lore from those present.

Over the course of this gathering, tears threatened several times. As we shared our common memories, I could not help acknowledging our many loved ones who have passed on from this life. These include not only all of our parents, but several cousins as well. I smiled my tears away as I considered the significant impact each one of these special people has had on my life. “We are definitely a unique family,” I told myself, “mostly because of the love which binds us together no matter what.”

While cleaning up after the picnic, I acknowledged to myself that my cousins and I are the first to admit that not one of us is perfect. Still, we wouldn’t trade our family ties for anything. Though the evening had grown cold, deep gratitude warmed me. My dear cousins and I had been deeply blessed on this particular day. We had been given a taste of God’s intent for us all. We had experienced unconditional love firsthand.

Good and Gracious God, thank you for revealing your affection in the people you have given me to love and in those who so generously love me in return.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved