We went to the beach for Thanksgiving, which we have not done since Dub was a newborn. And I must say, it was spectacular. We are far more likely to spend the next sixteen straight Thanksgivings at the beach than we are to wait another sixteen years before going back.
We have a longstanding tradition of running the Turkey Trot as a family. But this year, despite the lovely temps and scenery, Sam could not race. He dropped a metal grate from a flood drain on his toes on the Sunday before, so he was on injured reserve. But the rest of us continued on with the tradition, and even entered our race numbers into the raffle giveaways. In a surprising twist, Dub actually won two tickets to a Marlins spring training game which includes throwing out the first pitch. Being the sweet, doting big brother that he is, Dub is thrilled to be able to give this fun honor to Sam. Watching your children love each other well — and by God’s grace I have seen a lot of this lately — is one of life’s greatest gifts.
Jesus talked about the importance of not harboring anger against a brother or a sister. He said a person who does this will be subject to judgment: “Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” Matthew 5:22. Raca is a term of disdain. It would be like telling someone they are worthless or a good-for-nothing. After a particularly peaceful week together I am so full of gratitude. Do my guys usually argue about sports without ceasing? Almost. And the competitive spirit gets into nearly every facet of life. But last week I was struck by the genuine interest they have for one another, for their mutual love and concern, for the way they crack each other up. If you have little people who bicker and argue over toys so much that you cry uncle and buy two of everything, I want to encourage you. I’ve been there. We have two of every train in the Thomas series, and it was a small price for my own sanity. But now I seen signs of deep appreciation for each other, and it’s a heartwarming development.
I’m praying today that these brothers will love each other well all their days. And may we all be more faithful in consistently praying for ALL the relationships which surround us.
Love to you,