Tell it to your children,
and your children to their children,
and their children to the next generation.
My family didn’t close Year 2020 with our usual gatherings. Rather than sharing in meals, the latest family news and game-playing, we celebrated via a Zoom meeting and lots of phone calls, emails and texts. Fun as this was, the absence of in-person contact gave me reason to spend a few minutes at our family picture wall.
This collection features recent photos and some which date back to my childhood. Many of those pictured have passed away including my parents, sister and brother who have joined the heavenly host. Many remain with me in this life. Each one has given me a lifetime of reasons to miss their physical presence.
As I stared at those photos, I longed to be in close proximity to each one pictured. Whether they have “moved on” or suffer through this pandemic with me today, each of “my people” has touched my life as no one else has or ever will. Each one, with his foibles and her imperfections, will never be replaced. Each one adds or added something special to my life and to life on this earth which no one else will replicate or replace. As I eased away from that wall to tend to dinner, I whispered a prayer of thanks for them all.
This New Year 2021, may we all be good souls who inspire others to thrive because of our goodness and in spite of our imperfections. May each of us continue to generously share ourselves and our gifts with one another.
Thank you, dear God, for the gift of our relationships which so creatively brighten our lives.
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