Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Family

"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

Strong, skilled hands built it to last. Every beam and stainless steel bolt driven by love for his grandchildren. Standing tall and sturdy, I wondered how we'd ever take it down when they grew up--too cool or too big for it.

After countless swings and slippery slides, secret forts built with sheets secured with clothespins I think it's time to disassemble. But no. Instead it becomes the teenage hangout and quiet conversation spot.

Standing underneath that sturdy frame on a cool autumn day, twenty-two years of memories wrap warm around me. My son's image smiles back at me from that familiar swing--blond hair, the same overlapping front teeth, that familiar twinkle.

I call my granddaughter by her auntie's name. Wasn't it just yesterday that I pushed my daughter way up high? We sing silly made-up songs, listen to songbirds and slide down that sheet of stainless steel--all connected in love.

That's how God forms families. When we include him--invite him to build our family foundation--he fastens us together and builds us to last. From generation to generation he promises to bless those who honor him.

"His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation." Luke 1:50

Today I breathe gratitude for:
  • Godly foundations
  • God's images in our faces
  • Sturdy hands who built in love
  • Children who still love coming home
  • Generational blessings
  • Silly, made-up songs
  • Swinging and sliding
  • Building forts fastened with clothespins

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