Recently, I watched a video that placed about five or six children, individually, in a room to learn their responses. Each child was asked what one gift they desired for Christmas. That one gift was placed before each one of them. Each child was then asked what one gift was wanted for the family. The answers were given to the facilitator. The family gift was placed beside each child. The catch was that each child had to pick ONE gift. They all picked the family gift. They each were asked why and they shared that family mattered most. The outcome was that the children were given BOTH gifts. They were so happy. Their parents were in another room and when their children joined them expressions of love and hugs flowed. That video nearly moved me to tears. It was so precious to observe how those kids chose and shared why.
It’s a wonderful thing that not all family members are biological. We have friends and blended folks who are family. Yes, those who aren’t in our bloodline are often close to us. Those whom we love and enjoy immensely and the sentiments are mutual and proven. Yes, rich friendships are indeed family oriented.
Of course, our pets, too, are family members who tug at our heartstrings with their love and loyalty. Pets add so much pleasure, warmth and joy to our households, indeed. Sharing love with them is bountiful joy. Also, pets are proven to be therapeutic, as well.
Some folks have family matters that are considered dysfunctional — still — the family is what it is. We don’t get to choose our biological family attachments. God has purposes for who are connected to us and why. Our postures should be to love and to be grateful, regardless. On occasions, though, practical and protective measures need to be put in place. The Lord grants wisdom as to how to handle family issues that warrant firmness and perhaps even separations.
Family jewels are precious, treasured and deeply appreciated. It’s potently meaningful to have family connections that flow in love and gratitude.