Last weekend (Memorial Day weekend) was a wonderful blessing for our family, as all six of our grown children and their families got together here in Harrisonburg, VA to celebrate the holiday. With the difficulty of coordinating all the various work schedules, it is a rare thing for all of us to be able to get together. The older you get, the more your family means to you, so these rare family reunions become very special times! What a blessing to see all 18 of our grandchildren! The cousins all interacted so good with each other and we had no behavioral crisis which is pretty phenomenal.
Nancy and I marvel to see how much our kids enjoy getting together, and the love they have for each other is a true blessing. Most families nowadays have so much internal conflict and resentment that there is no real bonding time. One of the greatest blessings of our lives (at this stage of life) is just to sit back and watch our kids laugh. They all have a genuine interest in what is going on in each other's lives. They all have a quick and keen sense of humor so we did a lot of laughing throughout the weekend. It was therapeutic for the soul.
I have a picture in my mind that heaven will be a lot like our family reunions, because God loves His family even more than we love ours. For eternity we will share, and reminisce, and laugh with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We will rejoice "with joy unspeakable and full of glory" (I Pet. 1:8) to hear what has happened in the lives of others in the family of God. Someone will undoubtedly say, "Remember when . . ." and we will all have a good laugh, with hearts full of gratitude for the goodness of God. I think our little family reunion is but a foretaste of the eternal joy we will experience when we all get to heaven.
I can't wait to see my Dad again, and tell him all about his 18 great grandchildren. But then, he already knows. Somewhere on the sidelines he is cheering all of them on (Heb. 12:1). Can you imagine what that moment will be like when we give our loved ones a big hug and say: It is so good to see you again!