Today was awesome though, in spite of the less-than-awesome workout. It started out awesome because we have had our sweet little granddaughter since Wednesday. Seeing her smiling face in the morning would make the darkest day bright. After church we came home and got everything ready for a family get together here at the house. It was a small reunion of cousins on my mother's side of the family. And though several couldn't make it, we really enjoyed seeing all who did.
It's crazy that so many of us live within a 20 mile radius of each other, but it can be years between times we get together. As folks were leaving, we promised to make the next one soon. I sure hope we follow through on that.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. ~ 1 Peter 4:8
There always seems to be plenty of reasons we don't get to see each other for such long periods. From family squabbles to just busy everyday lives, we could never run out of excuses for not getting together. And for way too long, and far too often, we allowed those excuses to rule the day.
One thing Amanda's death taught me though is that none of us are promised tomorrow. I always thought I understood that, but it was never such a stark reality until my 17-year-old daughter never made it home that night. Still, this is only the second time in the three years since her death that we've tried to get everyone together.
In the verse above, we're told to love each other, everyone, deeply. So how is it we can go so long without even seeing or speaking to each other? Honestly, there are some of my cousins who live right here in central Arkansas whom I'm not even certain I would recognize if I saw them. With that said, it's hard to believe I'm doing what the Bible tells me here.
If I'm to love EVERYBODY, but I haven't even made time to see my own cousins, my own family, how can I say I'm doing what I'm supposed to do? So I'm going to make it a point to try to put another one of these reunions set up for a couple of months from now. I had a really good time visiting with family I hadn't seen in a long time. And I know I need to make more time for them.
I hope and pray that God will keep this front and center in my heart, because I look forward to seeing everyone again, and seeing all those who couldn't make it today.
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