This past Sunday, we were talking about our siblings & words we would use to describe them. So, here are some of mine! I wonder what some of your words would be to describe your brothers/sisters?
Singer, funny, creative, artist
My superhero, happy, helper, silly
My girls are: Tomboy, rowdy, leader, adventurous. Cinderella, dancer, happy & hug-able
Best friend, partner-in-crime, peacemaker, wrestle buddy
” ‘Love one another; as I have loved you’ (John 13:34). On this simple phrase hangs the success of every marriage and family. In the light of Christ’s love we see our family’s divine potential. We love them with all our heart, soul, and mind. And as we do, our ordinary family is transformed into an extraordinary one.” – lds.org
I was able to talk to my brother a while back. It’s been a while since we’ve chatted & I think it’s funny that the first thing he said was “I miss your hugs!!” It’s like routine for us. If one of us ever has a bad day we just walk through the door, hug it out, & life is good. We don’t really feel the need to say anything but that’s how we do it. That’s when the stresses seem to melt away a little.
“The words ‘I love you,’ ‘Thank you very much,’ & ‘Forgive me’ are like a balm to the soul.” – Elder Falabella
I was reading in the Bible today & found a great story about two brothers. Maybe you heard of Jacob & Esau?
They were brothers & rivals for pretty much all their lives. They competed for blessings, land, & money. Their story is one of intense feelings and bitter rivalry, but it has a ‘happily ever-after’. It prompts us to evaluate our own family relationships and suggests some ways we may attempt to resolve any lingering unkind feelings. Esau focused more on the things of the world, while Jacob was a “plain man”. Eventually, after a long time away from each-other the hard feelings they harbored melted away. When Esau saw Jacob for the first time in forever, he “embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept”.
That is a reminder to me of what Elder Kopischke has said about being accepted:
“The feeling of being accepted by someone we love is a basic human need. Being accepted by good people motivates us. It increases our sense of self-worth & self-confidence.
[The Lord’s] loving acceptance will motivate us, increase our faith &help us deal with everything we face in life. Despite our challenges, we will be successful & prosper & feel at peace.“
The Lord has given us families for us to help strengthen each other during difficult times. It’s not always happiness & roses. Zach & I had some rough times. Jacob & Esau learned to forgive. But at the end of the day, when we can love & forgive each other- HUG it out!- we’re doing good.
Life gets rainy sometimes & we want the Lord to take away the rain. But instead- he lets it rain because we need it & gives us an umbrella. I feel like those umbrellas can be our family who help us get through hard times. Many times I’ve been driving with my brother, or my mom & we’ll just talk about whatever is going on. It doesn’t take the problem away, but at that moment the problem doesn’t need to be solved. What we need to know is even through our trials & hard times, we are loved.
The pitter-patter of rain
Falling to the ground
Wetting my hair
Bringing joy to my soul
Cleansing the earth.
Bringing fear to some
Exhilaration to others
Music to my ears.
The storm slows
Then fades away
A fresh smell
Fills the land
A stripe of colors
Lights the sky.
The colors will fade
The smell covered
Till the rain comes again
To make the earth
-BY JESSICA HOUSER