Family LOVE, what can that mean? I learned a lot about these words in the weeks before and then at my son’s wedding!
As I think back over the year’s events this Christmas season, I remember one of the happiest times in my life … my son, Jeremiah Banks, got MARRIED!!! My son married a wonderful young lady named Kassie! As I was thinking through the memories of this special time, I remembered how weddings are a wonderful time to see the LOVE of a family unit, even a divorced family unit like mine. My ex-husband, his wife, all of our family members, and myself worked together to make Jeremiah’s wedding become just what Kassie and Jeremiah had dreamed it would be. As we worked together we showed LOVE for each other and our entire family unit. I also saw the LOVE of a family unit when Michael, Jacob, and Samuel all were standing together for their brother as grooms in the wedding party.
GOD can take the brokenness of divorce and bring family members together in LOVE. No one else can take credit for this LOVE but GOD. He helped us though the years to work together in LOVE for our children to keep the family unit together. This was evident as we worked together to organize, to get things we needed done for the wedding, to decorate, to visit with each other, and to LOVE on Jeremiah and Kassie!
I remember what LOVE is when I read in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. LOVE NEVER FAILS!”
At Christmas, I feel so blessed to have my daughter-in-law join our family unit! The unit that puts the past behind and works together for an amazing LOVING future!! If you find yourself in a family unit like mine, may the LOVE of Christ bring you together in a family unit that LOVES one another, leaving past differences and situations behind and pressing on for a wonderful LOVING future!