Monday, June 28, 2010

A Great Reunion

But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:20-21

My family and I went to our family reunion on my husband's mother's side yesterday and had a wonderful time visiting relatives we hadn't seen in a long time.  By the time we got on the road to go to the reunion our number had dwindled from eight people to three because of one reason or another.  They all wanted to attend this special time of fellowship, but for them, it didn't happen this year.  Due to stomach ailments and other health issues, it was necessary to make the last minute decisions to stay home.  They hope and believe that they will be able to attend the reunion next year.
It was delightful to get together with relatives we hadn't seen in two or three years.  Sure, we had been in contact by phone or email.  Hugs are great!  Nothing can take the place of a genuine hug from someone you love.  It was especially wonderful reuniting with Jenny.  She is a treasure.  She had such a beautiful glow on her face.  We could have talked for hours.
We can also talk ourselves out of many things.  Some of the cousins may have talked themselves out of going to the reunion.  We know this because their absence was obvious.  We drove several hours to get there, and yes, it was a relatively short visit, but it was worth all the time and effort necessary to get there.  Keeping family close through the years is very important.
Though we have come to know this earth as home, remember, it is a tempory home.  Our citizenship is in heaven.  It says so in the Bible and I believe it.  When we truly understand this concept, it is easier to get through our difficult times.  Let go of the burdens and hold onto the peace that only comes from God.   
Remember, it's temporary.  Imagine the great reunion we have to look forward to when we get to heaven.  Friends, that gets me excited!  Our family is still alive and kicking.  We just don't get to be together very often.  Our family and friends who have gone on to heaven are still alive and kicking.  We just can't see them as they used to be in their earthly bodies. 
Should you get the opportunity to attend a family reunion, by all means, go.  You will be glad you did!  I'm glad I went to our family reunion yesterday.
Take care and stay cool.  God guides and God provides!  Love, Nan

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