February 12, 2007

The Families We Create

Serona and I met in college and we were both living far from our parents and siblings. Our entire married life we have lived far from our families and we miss them. We are blessed with great relationships with both sides of our families and we have wonderful and supportive families. We know they are there for us no matter how far apart we are.

Still when you live that far from family you need to knit together your own sort of a family, a support group that will love and hold you up and be there for you in times of need like your family wishes they could be but are limited by distance.

While reading one of my favorite blogs recently I came across this post about families and friends. It inspired me to post the quote here and share what it means to me. It is from the movie Finding Forrester:

Losing family obliges us to find our family, not always the family that is our blood; but,the family that can become our blood. And, should we have the wisdom to open our door to this new family, we will find that the wishes we once had…

At the end of the reading, he looks at his young audience and says,

Most of you are too young to know what your wishes will be. But, when I read these words, words of hopes, dreams, I realized that the one wish that was granted to me, so late in life, was the gift of friendship.

We have had to find family that can "become our blood" so to speak and we have been blessed in this area. While friendship is different from family it is still a wonderful gift. You choose your friends and you choose to keep making it work even when it is hard not because you have to but because you want to (hopefully this applies to family as well) the gift of friendship is one to not be under appreciated. It is one to be thankful for, one to recognize the blessings of. This week say thank you to your friends for they are a blessing to you. Don't forget your family as well :)

Peace in Him,

1 comment:

  1. Even though I live close to family now, for a while I didn't. I completely appreciated the friends who became my family there.

    And, BTW, thank you! :-)