Saturday, June 20, 2015

Family Reunions

This has been a wonderful week of reunions with family, church family, and extended family.  Chad and his family were in town for a little while this past weekend.  There was a sweet time when all five grandchildren were together for the very first time.  With all of the busy activity we didn’t take pictures, but that special moment is imprinted on my heart.  What joy to look forward to more adventures in the days and years ahead.

Vacation Bible School happened at church this week.  Even the rain didn’t dampen the joy and excitement.  Over 1,000 children and teachers spent the week learning about God’s love, care, and provision for them.  I have worked with the same people, recording the attendance and other assignments, for years now.  I look forward to the reunion and getting to spend time with them each summer. 

The 84th Hackney Reunion is this weekend.  There will be lots of hugging, laughing, eating, visiting, catching up on news, picture taking, remembering the ones who are no longer with us, and celebrating the new lives who have been added this year.  What a blessing to know great aunts and uncles, and second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth… generations of family.  I’m sure my great grandparents would be pleased to see that their Christian legacy has been embraced by their children and later generations.

And one day there will be a glorious reunion of people from every nation, tribe, and language with God in Heaven because of their acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  That reunion will not be for a few hours, a weekend, or a week, but for eternity.  And we have the awesome privilege and responsibility of sharing and introducing people to Jesus so that all who respond to His invitation may be included in the celebration.

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
Revelation 7:9

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