This will be my hubby and me shortly . . . looking forward to a much long awaited, greatly anticipated time spent with family!
It has been a LONG time since I flew anywhere. My last four trips were via railway train . . . prior to that . . . vehicles across the road. But I have always loved the thrill of take off and the excitement of the landing that reminds me I’ll soon be with those I love and have missed for such a very long time. It has been over six years since I’ve been back ‘home’ (California) – and my hubby has yet to ‘meet’ my parents and sister – this will be a short, very sweet, and super packed time of loving on one another.
I am so very thankful for our modern technology that allows us to be able to stay in close contact with others all across the globe, but there is nothing like that hands on, face to face, “I love you!”
Family roots – hearts knitted together – memories to cherish – catch-up time – these are things that money can not buy and something to be greatly treasured, not taken lightly. We’ve all grown older, health for some is not a luxury or even the ‘norm’, so the importance of time spent together is even greater. Some of our loved ones are no longer around for us to share time with – they’ve gone Home to Glory and we’ll be reunited with them upon Christ’s return or our own time for closing our earthly eyes for the last time.
These thoughts have me thinking something else . . . those that ARE close by . . . do we take time to treasure them? To nurture those relationships? In this day and age of instant contact via phones, computers, tablets, etc. do we truly take the time to let them know that we love them? That they are an important part of our lives? That they are appreciated? Or, do we, like an airplane, simply be on our way . . . up, UP and away . . . barely giving those nearest to us the time of day? We pop in and out of one another’s lives so quickly – what if we could learn to express our deepest heart-felt feelings of love, gratitude and appreciation to them on a consistent basis? Just think of the powerful unity that would result!
Next time you have contact with someone who has impacted your life (teacher, friend, sibling, pastor, church family member, even someone at your favorite store) – why not take a moment – smile – touch their arm – hug their neck – express your gratitude for them being a part of your life?!
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