Will you be attending a family reunion this summer? Listen to Joni share about her family reunion in Maryland.
Hi, I’m Joni and did you know that July is Family Reunion Month?
And, who knows? Maybe your family is planning a reunion. I know that it’s been ages since the whole Eareckson clan got together — I think the last time was in the late 1990’s before my mother became ill. We couldn’t decide if, at the age of 84, she was the matriarch of the Earecksons, or if that honor fell to Cousin Elva who was around the same age. My cousin, bless her heart, deferred to my mother who was just a few months older than she was. Oh, it was such a blessed and beautiful day — we held the Eareckson family reunion at the farm of Cousin Elva’s daughter. But I better stop there or it will all begin to sound extremely complicated — as family reunions can be.
Like I said, it’s been a long time since that wonderful July afternoon we all got together. But just recently, during a ministry trip back east, my husband Ken and I took a couple of days off to spend time with my sisters. Only one of them still lives on the Maryland farm; my sister Jay and her husband live down in Virginia where Rob teaches at a University. My older sister Linda and her husband reside in a really nice retirement community near Washington DC. And my other sister, Kathy, as I said, still lives on the farm.
Anyway! Ken and I were only going to be back in Maryland for a couple of days, and so I emailed my sisters to ask if we could all get together for lunch at a favorite restaurant. I knew they all really liked this restaurant because the crab cakes are a lot like our mother’s. Well, what do you know, Jay, Kathy and Linda all said they could make it. And so, I sent an email out to their children — my nephews and nieces. And all but one (Earecka who lives with her husband near Spokane), said they could make it. Not only could I hardly believe it, they were all amazed, as well. So that afternoon, the whole crowd of us enjoyed a long leisurely lunch talkin’ up a storm, sharing memories, pulling out iPhones and iPads to show old photos, and snapping lots and lots of new ones.
And you know what the very best part of our get-together was? We all know the Lord Jesus. From my oldest sister, Linda, who is 73 down to all my nieces and my nephew, Shawn, who recently made a profession of Christ; all of us know the Lord and are growing in Him — even Earecka and her husband up in Spokane. Wow! What a blessing. And it made our prayer at the end of our time together all the more sweet. Psalm 78, verses 1-4 says this:
“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will utter hidden things, things from of old — what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” –Psalm 78:1-4
Wow! You know, seeing that this is Family Reunion Month, do all you can to make certain that you tell your generation, and the next generation of things about the Lord that are praiseworthy. And pray for your sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nephews or nieces that they, too, might open their hearts to the Savior’s love.
Finally, one more thing, on my radio page today, I’ve posted a photo of that recent lunch with my family — I won’t bother to name everyone in the photo, it’s just fun to see. I’ve also posted a video clip showing my mom and dad, Lindy and John Eareckson, telling their stories to the camera. I'm sending the clip to all my nephews and nieces and I’d love for you to see it, too. Again, today it’s all there for you at my radio page at joniandfriends.org. Check out our resources at joniandfriends.org.
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