You know, I've been having a lot of those familial feelings lately--you know, where you just feel super close to your family? It's not that I'm necessarily homesick or that I cry myself to sleep every night or anything, it's just that I've been feeling a particular closeness to them, even though I'm so far away. I know that probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's how I feel right now.
I know I've mentioned this before, but as a missionary I've seen a lot of families that have been broken by various things. I am so grateful for a good, solid family built on the foundation of Christ and His teachings. We are working closely with a small family who is trying to do what's right, get married, and build themselves on that foundation right now; they are finding increased peace, direction, and understanding as they give their lives over to the Savior and try to do what He has asked them to do. Maybe that's why I've got family on the brain?
Makes me think--have you ever felt those longings for our Heavenly home? our Heavenly family? I know I have. I think that's why families are so deeply important to us as a human race (a "human family", as it were); we are all God's family! Our pictures are all on God's refrigerator! We need to realize that God loves each one of us, no matter how badly we mess up. That's why He sent our Big Brother, Jesus Christ, to suffer for all of His other children--so we can feel better when we mess up and get back to Him someday.
Our families are there to help us out. Sure they come in different shapes and sizes, but that's what makes them uniquely ours. But I know that more than that, we are all a big family. So do something nice for one of your brothers or sisters you've forgotten. People aren't "strangers". They're our brothers and sisters. My fam.
PS Check out what the Mormon Church has to say about the family! Let me know what you think!
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