Hmmm… The Essence of Family

Iridescent glass, sparkling china and knickknacks, a drawer full of bread ties, kerosene lanterns, stove-pipe covers on display. The soft glow of converted gas lamps, clocks with silent faces staring back at you, a welcoming field stone fireplace, the creak of a staircase where each child learned to “alleybump”.  A gallery of family photos lining the walls waiting to tell the family history, the “circle” each child traveled on the first floor; all represent the unmistakable smell of stability, familiarity, and unselfish love. That is what envelopes me as I sit in the quietness of home; the house where our parents raised us and where our own children learned the essence of what it means to be family. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 1 Timothy 5:8, Proverbs 22:6)

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One thought on “Hmmm… The Essence of Family

  1. Thanks for your last series of Hmmm’s. You certainly have put into words in a beautiful way Mom and Dad’s life, our family and the roller coaster ride we have been experiencing. They were wonderful parents who certainly did teach us the essence of what it really means to be family.

    Love,
    Debby

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