Coming back following holidays left my mind tired yet full. This thought rose above others tonight…

Sometimes, it’s difficult to be with family after a long absence.

Well, duh, Captain Obvious. 🙄

It’s also difficult to leave them when time draws nigh.

Also pretty much a well duh statement. 😏

There are the numerous delights and countless challenges alike to our spirits in coming together after extended months apart.

You’re no longer a child and your tendency is to attempt earnestly to prove it, all to varying degrees of success.

For, there is also the something of being in their midst that pulls you back to that place of littleness compared to the elders in your life.

In my particular case, there’s a lot of shadows to that former existence, some areas stepped into tentatively, others not at all.

Apprehension can seize my soul if I don’t take care to surrender it to His hand.

Now, forgiveness has been flowing in abundance among us for decades now, and, yet, must still rise up to be met again in entering into one another’s presence.

Past is not swept under any rugs, by any means, but, in looking back, love softens the edges of the pain.

Hearts don’t necessarily forget all the twinges, but they do connect afresh through the knowledge Christ makes all things new.

Including each other.

And, then, we get to share that newness of being. What a wonder that is!

Thoughts fly back and forth across the table. Struggles are examined in a different light, growth is noted, wisdom imparted.

Each moment, both the tender and the hard, threads itself to the ever-changing tapestry of our existence, tethering us tighter together.

Iron sharpening iron sounds sort of scary at first glance, but, how it shows itself in our lives can be incredible.

Home can be a great place to see this at work, for you get to surprise each other with what God’s given us to bring to the table.

You get to witness the learning you each have done and become that safe place to reach across said table with it.

It may not exactly feel like light family fun at times, yet these times the Lord affords us to deepen our walks, both with Him and with one another, are vital.

Hence, the observation at the beginning.

Difficult to be there, difficult to leave…

But, this truth I hold fast to to keep me going:

God grants us fond memories to soothe the bittersweet and carry us through to the next day we meet.

In Him, we are never truly apart.

I hope your Thanksgiving was a blessed one, dear friends. May we ever seek those iron sharpening situations, whether by family, by friends, or both.

14 thoughts on “Iron Sharpens Iron at the Family Table

    1. Ah, yes. That can be hard. I am in fairly frequent phone contact with my mom and dad and manage yearly visits to their home, but rarely hear from my brother, so I can understand. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. Sending prayers for an opportunity for you to reconnect with your family. God bless!

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      1. It’s basically the laziness and programming of modern society… if I had Facebook, I’d probably hear from them all the time. But it’s almost like archaic technology to call or text…

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      2. Yep. I agree. I was on Facebook a short while to promote my book, but I just couldn’t bear the phoniness that seemed to accompany it. I know it drives a few friends and family members nuts that I can’t be reached on social media, but, so be it. If they want me, they know where to reach me.

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  1. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too. I think most families have some type of drama, but I like how you mentioned forgiveness. This is key if we are to operate in love.

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