July 19, 2020
This is the first Sunday of my “vacation,” and for those who perhaps did not read my last Sunday’s blog, I stated I will be having a guest blogger each week. My first guest is my niece, Kelly Peterson. Kelly has taught in the public school system since 2001, and during that time has earned two Master’s degrees: one as an Educational Diagnostician, and one in Educational Administration. She also spent her summers for eight years working with Foreign Exchange students from all over the world. Kelly taught Spanish for several years, then ESL (English as a Second Language), then Special Education. For the past two years, she has worked for the State Education Agency, helping to provide consistency throughout the Special Programs. Thank you, Kelly.
THE FINEST EXAMPLE
During the course of our lives, we experience many different types of loving relationships. Some bring joy, while others bring pain, disappointment, and sorrow. The only thing that is constant throughout is love.God is Love. In the Bible we see examples of His grace and mercy, The unconditional love He exhibits by sending His only begotten son to suffer death on the cross for forgiveness of our sins. This sacrifice ensures our eternal life with Him in Heaven.
One of my favorite scriptures is John 13:35, “By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Since we are all part of God, I believe each time we love another person, we give a little piece of His love and light to whomever we share a connection. What a wonderful give we give and receive when we love someone!
We have all experienced times in life where we have had to cut ties with a person or persons, because of one thing or another. Maybe because we felt betrayed, our trust broken or because the person turns out to not be who we thought they were. Despite the pain we feel, eventually with time it goes away. We can appreciate the memories of the good times, as well as the lesson we have learned.
The finest example of unconditional love is family. Through all the ups and downs, harsh words spoken in anger we wish we could take back at the end of the day, no matter how many days, months , or years— we are reconciled to each other through God, who lives inside each of us. When we think of family, the first thought that comes to mind is of those with whom we share blood, and those who have become part of our clan through marriage. But for me and many others, family extends far beyond those narrow lines. I believe God allows certain people to come into our lives who are searching for a place to belong; who need feel acceptance, a connection, to share a familial bond and the love that goes along with it. The colloquial term for friends who become family is “Framily,” and I have a huge Framily!
I am an only child. I had always hoped to have a family of my own one day. In fact, I had it planned out since I was quite young. For some reason, it hasn’t worked out that way. But through His abundant blessings, I have many adopted brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and “kids” all over the world. I believe the reason I was called to be a teacher is to touch the lives of those children, no matter what their age, and be an example of God’s love and light to them. My heart is so full of love; it is abundant and I like to share it, especially with those most in need of it.
So, what is the finest example of unconditional love- family. Always remember, no matter the trials and tribulations you may experience within your family, cherish the time you have together. Time is fleeting and forgiveness is divine. Let nothing keep you from mending relationships and experiencing the unconditional love that comes from our Heavenly Father.
God Bless You,