This is kind of a crazy week and even as I type that I know I say it a lot, but it really is setting the bar at a new level.
Several trips north sprinkled in with regular work and a side of a weekend out of town wedding with weather that is ranging from high 40’s to mid 80’s has me just slightly frazzled.
Our nephew is getting married which has me thinking about family and how amazing the connections are as family trees add branches. Character traits and resemblances and even common mannerisms pop up whether you are around family much or little.
Russ and my cousin Kenny’s wife will laugh when we are together as apparently he and I, though we grew up on opposite sides of the U.S. and really were only around each other a couple of times growing up, have so many similarities. And obviously ones that don’t bother us a bit, but make our spouses nod their heads in sympathy.
I love watching his dad, my father’s younger brother, because it is like old home week. The way he puts his hand on his forehead, his laugh…even things he says…like a carbon copy of my own dad.
And again…they lived apart from each other and visited infrequently all of their adult life.
That same uncle, after hearing a recording of our Sarah singing, marveled that she had my Aunt Eugenia’s voice…and ever after, I have realized that yes indeed…that laugh I miss so much from my aunt still bubbles up out of our daughter.
Even while I often think l hear my own voice on some video Russ is watching and then realize it is actually Rachel’s.
Our nephew who is getting married is no blood relation of mine and we think resembles his mom’s side….yet there are little bits of him I see sometimes in our Graham. How can this be but through Russ’s line?
How fun to glimpse that spark I have loved in our red-headed nephew twinkle in the eyes of our grandson.
I think of our nieces and nephews as just as much mine as they are Russ’s and yet – no blood tie exists.
I look at our grandchildren and the way they already love and bond with family and while they share aspects of two family lines, they draw no difference between who is blood and who is just kin of the heart.
Such is the family of God, you know.
We belong to this big extended family through the blood of Jesus.
He is our common thread and it is His character and His love and His mercy that tie us together.
We belong because He first loved us.
We begin to resemble Him and people recognize Him through us as we love and care for one another.