Before I jump into this week’s blog, I wanted to say that from now on, I’m blogging on Fridays. I just like it better when it’s Friday.
So, Happy Friday Blog! Today I want to talk about family.
Sometimes we take the time we spend together with family for granted. It isn’t until something occurs that we are reminded that family is to be kept close.
But this isn’t just about blood relatives; this is about the people around us whom we consider family:
Ohana is an idea in Hawaiian culture. The word ʻohana means family in the Hawaiian language, but in a much wider sense, to include not only one’s closer relatives, but also one’s cousins, in-laws, friends, race, and other neighbours. The idea is also that family and friends are bound together and everyone must work together and not forget each other.
I, for one, can say that I have grown up a life surrounded by people, family or not, and seeing them as people I would grow up to consider family. I have family friends, school friends, and so on, that I consider to be family today, because of the bond we share.
I can’t imagine my life being only surrounded by my blood relatives with no other kind of individual to consider as family.
But let me tell you that my parents, step parents and siblings are about the most important things in my life. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to lose one of them.
And unfortunately, you will lose family at some point. Some we may know where they’ll be heading, but some we might not know, making it all the harder to accept that after death, we may not see some back.
Even from afar
Even a foot away
Of every single individual
Family remains in the heart
And thoughts of mine always.
And with that, I will leave you with a few more things:
Love your family;
Cherish your family;
Obey your parents;
Treat your siblings with the same respect you expect from them;
And never lose sight of the importance of have family.
Thank you for reading and listening.
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
– Acts 16:31-34 ESV
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