Thursday, November 26, 2009

Defining "Family"

Life on the road presents some interesting questions particularly at this time of the year. The "call" to get together with "family" is strong even within people that find being with their families is far from being all that great. Sibling rivalries, old hurts and past haunts all serve to make holiday gatherings a minefield of potential conflicts and yet, people still find themselves hoping for that one perfect holiday where everything comes together in that "Hallmark" moment.

Unfortunately for most, such things are only found in Hollywood and in today's world, our view of family in terms of Grandma's, Grandpa's, Mom's, Dad's, Aunt's, Uncle's, cousins and all other such family ties has fallen short of our reality. For DannyLee and I, our families have long been scattered here and there about the face of the earth and any gathering is limited by the sheer distances involved. Add to that the complexities of life on the road and the challenges of bad weather driving with a large rig and the lure of a "family table" pales in comparison. After years in Thailand, I've long since learned to define "family" in terms of that old song, "Love the One You're With". It sure can make life a lot simpler.

That said, we were blessed this Thanksgiving with an invitation to a lovely dinner at the campground where we await parts for our rig repairs. We were surprised and delighted to find ourselves seated at a very long table with enough food for everyone to walk away groaning. While many at the table could claim "family ties" to one another, as we sat together sharing a meal, there was only the camaraderie of people coming together for one purpose - to eat and enjoy each others company. How simple it is to lay aside all the issues that tend to divide us in the face of sharing a good meal!

After the meal was eaten and the table was cleared, DannyLee entertained us all with some of his favorite songs and the children got in a few of their own. We waddled back to our Nest with sighs of contentment knowing that once again YHVH had HIS way and made a way for us to be a part of this family time. HIS kindness and consideration for us as always touches our hearts. HE truly is the "tie that binds us"! It is our prayer that your table was equally blessed no matter where you found yourself on this day.

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