Sunday, March 3, 2013

Reese and Lucy

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" -Prov. 17:17 Big sisters and big brothers are the best! I have three older brothers and though we're different in many ways, we love each other dearly. We're family. Recently our first granddaughter, Reese, officially became a big sister to Lucy Katherine. Last week, they, along with their mommy (which is always a good thing), came for a weeklong visit to our home in Branson. We had so much fun. It was a blast to watch Reese takes care of her little sister. Siblings are just another way that God provides love and care for his children. And Reese shows her love to Lucy in many wonderful ways. Reese loads Lucy's bed with her best. Several times during the day, Reese brings all of her favorite toys and surrounds Lucy with her greatest treasures. Of course, she could give Lucy all the toy box rejects, but instead, she wants Lucy to have her best. Why? Because she loves her sister and love always pulls out the fine china when loved ones arrive. That's the way brothers and sisters show their love. Reese speaks Lucy's language. When Reese is communicating with Lucy, she speaks in kind of a high cute voice. She obviously is mimicking the way she hears her mommy speak to Lucy, but the soft and gentle voice is not the way Reese usually speaks. She is a very precocious two and a half year old and can be very loud. But she loves her sister and speaks in a respectful way. They say, "blood is thicker than water." I think that means that when someone is family, there is a tighter connection. It's that inexplicable bond that is formed for no other reason than they are our kin. Someone said, "a sister is a friend given by nature." Reese didn't choose Lucy as her sister, but it truly makes no difference. The bond of love is sealed and set. In Norman Maclean's classic "A River Runs through It," he quotes from one of his father's sermons about family: " Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don't know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them - we can love completely without complete understanding." May we love our brothers and sisters like Reese loves her sister Lucy. May the simplicity of their relationship, without the obstacles that can come between families, be our guide. Like our loving God loves us, may we "love completely without complete understanding." That's called unconditional love and it's hard to do. But it's the kind of love meant for a family and it's a great blessing. Just ask Reese and Lucy. By Eric Joseph Staples ©

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