Love Without Disguise
This is a response to a posting on facebook that is what I believe is meant to be inspiring but yet I find incomplete and subjective.
"Family Is Not About Blood....It's About Who Is Willing To Hold Your Hand When You Need It The Most."
Of course, blood does not make a family. If blood is the prerequisite: extended and blended families would never thrive; adoptions would hold no purpose; and extending one’s hand would always be trustworthy and have no pretense for the act. A family is not made by blood and holding one’s hand is not always done with integrity. The world is full of people willing to hold your hand when you need it the most because they have a need greater than an authentic act of amity.
Families and friendships are alliances that have a rhythm in our lives and each fulfill a need. Are they always perfect? Do we always appreciate the benefit of each? Are families and friends always trustworthy? Do we always extend our hands when they need it the most? The answer to these questions is ABSOLUTELY NOT. Do we sometimes sacrifice one for the other? Do we sometimes not allow them to hold our hands in our times of need? Do we sometimes think our needs are greater than theirs? ABSOLUTELY!!
What is the rhythm families give our lives?
The answer can be found in Ecclesiastes 3.
For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die;
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance;
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek and a time to lose;
Al time to keep and a time to throw away;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
Our families are sometimes our security. Sometimes our families are our source of apprehension. This is the rhythm of families.
Family is a rhythm....a flow of love without disguise which we are willing to accept and share in times of great need and great delight.