Family ties can be tricky things to nourish and navigate!
Distance and discord can muck things up and widen the gap between generations. But family is important to God. One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 68. It's a picture of God as father, defender and provider. Here's a fragment of verse:
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds
rejoice before him - his name is the Lord.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.Psalm 68:4-6
My family hasn't always been close, either geographically or emotionally. We didn't visit with each other very often while I was growing up. But one of the things my grandparents did right, was to stay in touch by way of cards and letters.
One of the many things my mom did right, was to stash those letters and pictures away so that we'd have them later.
I so appreciate her for that!
Older people especially appreciate receiving things in the mail. Many don't use social networking and they can feel left out in our modern world. I just reminded myself...I need to send some photos and a note to my last surviving grandmother.
How about you? Do you have any special letters or notes floating around that you could share with your loved ones?
Family History Tip: Gather any letters, notes and cards and create a file for each of your children. It may not seem like much to them now, but they'll appreciate you for it later!