Friday February 9, 2018 Brothers and Sisters

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.  2 Thessalonians 1:3

Fifty years ago today, my life was changed forever.  Unto my family, my twin brothers were born. Not so unusual, you might think but these babies united a recently merged family.  A widow with five kids and a widower with two had married the year prior.  Unexpectedly this merging created new lives.  I do thank God always for this wonderful gift of new life.  They were of course the focus of our family and drew us like nothing else could to be a blended FAMILY that was united!

Today, from far and wide, brothers and sisters are convening on St Louis to celebrate this happy day.  St Louis was our family home but none of us lives here any longer.  So, we come to rejoice that God united us in LOVE with these two characters who are our youngest siblings.  God blessed us with faith and it has been a joy to watch the love that we all have for one another grow stronger each day.  My mom’s friends used to say we were velcro’d at the hip.  Supporting one another in good times and in bad, coming together for sporting events, graduations, weddings and funerals across the miles has been our practice and will continue to be.

I am so very grateful that God blessed me with a large and boisterous family.  All nine of us are Extroverts so these family gatherings are always loud and fun.  We laugh and cry while telling stories of a childhood alive with God.  Mom laid the foundation of faith but allowed each of us to grow up into a relationship with God that worked for us.  We have several Catholics, a Methodist Minister, a couple of Baptists and a Protestant or two but we all respect and encourage one another.  It is always a joy to behold when I look around at all the grandchildren and great grandchildren that were created from the union of our parents, 57 of us is the latest count!

Lord, You are always full of surprises!  Giving Your children gifts that we could never imagine.  Thanks for the gift of my brothers who as tiny infants, brought together a disjointed family and made us all one in You!  Bless each of my family as they travel and let our time together be a time of joy for all. 

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