Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 13, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 13, 2009
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Friends and family
"A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are
born to share adversity."
Today's proverb reminds us of the enduring value
of friends and family. A true friend loves at
all times. Kinfolk are born to share adversity.
Cherish these special people in your life.
When my grandfather died, Grandma was numb with
grief. I had the privilege of taking her to
their summer home for the first week after
Grandpa's funeral. All through that week, I
cooked for Grandma and took her out for leisurely
drives in the car. We sat in the yard and talked
about her life with Grandpa for hours. In the
evenings we went to the lake and watched the
boats. She took long, undisturbed naps in the
sunshine. I remember watching her sleep while
my heart ached for her. Grandma had nursed
Grandpa devotedly around the clock for the
past ten years. She was weary and worn out.
Gradually the reality of her loss began to sink
in. We became very close. I cherish every
memory of that difficult and blessed week.
All too soon, it was time to close up their
summer cottage and go home. Grandma turned
to me and said, "Thank you for being such a
wonderful friend." I thanked her for being
such a wonderful grandmother.
When she died the following year, many family
friends and relatives came to pay their final
respects. During the funeral, we laughed and
cried while sharing Alf and Inga stories. I
realized some of these beloved friends had
become a part of my own extended family.
These faithful friends had loved my grandparents
and family through prosperity and adversity,
health and illness, joy and sorrow. We had
danced at each other's weddings, celebrated
birthdays and anniversaries, and seen each
others' children grow up, sharing comfort at
funerals over the years. I felt closer to
some of these friends than my own kin.
Loving families of choice are not limited to
marriage and blood relatives. This is
especially important to acknowledge during
the holiday season. Cherish those near and
dear to your heart. Let them know how much
you love and care for them. Nurture these
relationships with profound gratitude. Be
the best friend you can, love at all times,
and share in adversity.
O God, help me value families of all kinds.
Open my heart to friends and family alike.
I ask that you bring each reader into
meaningful, loving circles of friends
through this holiday season. I pray for
families to be reconciled, friendships
affirmed, and love to abound. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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