So, here we are 8 months into our travels and we are finding that although our original desire to serve and encourage community has not ceased, the journey is more about us being healthy enough to serve and encourage.
When push came to shove there was a lot of stuff in our marriage that needed to be put on the table, owned and forgiveness asked for. Once that process started it was only a matter of time before the health that comes from reconciling started to permeate our journey. It began to impact our relationship with our children, challenging us to be open and keep short accounts. It exposed attitudes and beliefs that kept us from being truly connected and it began to reshape our thinking about our connection with extended family and friends.
Meant to be a safe place, “family” is typically dangerous ground with shards of impatience, critical spirits and co-dependency. Yes, in family it all hangs out, the blemishes, junk and our hypocrisy. But, family is also where the deepest root of reconciliation can begin. It is where that reconciliation can transform a marriage, a parent/child or sibling relationship into one of the most profound connections we feel this side of heaven. It takes the choice of two to make that connection, to enter the mystery, hearts softened, arms wide open. We are thankful for continued opportunities to experience this awesome gift. We are thankful for family, all of them. Every single one.