Spending time with family is so precious. Often distances put us in trying to cram the best of times into just a few days. Those are high-stakes for visits. Family dynamics are challenging as we are all imperfect in many ways, yet beneath all this is unconditional love. Sometimes the unconditionality is clouded by too high expectations of each other, hurt feelings, disappointments past or present, and just plain being tired and grumpy from the rigors of life with too little sleep and too much to do.
With that being said, I am reminded that life is short when talking to my 87 year old mother about my 87 year old daddy. Her 80 year old sister that is in critical care with a heart condition, the same heart that is "bigger than all outdoors. Her son, my cousin, is 51 and battling serious cancer. My sister-in-law is battling a serious disease her whole adult life as it moves in and out of remission: Wegener's disease. My husband has battled CML (chronic myoloid leukemia, and diabetes for many years. The list goes on and on as most family lists do. Life is short.
Families need to step up to the Frozen song theme, "Let It Go." Remember God's mercy and grace are new every morning for us to claim. This same mercy and grace needs to be extended to family members.
Family visits are precious times. Let go of past and present hurts. Live in the present with love.