Family can be our greatest trial, and then become our greatest source of strength.

At times they can bring so much conflict in our lives, but then they can also provide comfort and cover from the storms of the world.

When you think about it, you can really take family for granted. Which in turn could leave you exposed to the evils of today. Assuming that family will always be there and do nothing to promote the unity to keep family strong, is selfish. I have a cousin that laid down one night with their mate, only to wake the next day and that mate went on to glory. Our family buried 3 family members in one month alone. Then to see a couple that has been together for so long, announce they were breaking up….but this is life. This is what we face….this we must work on, because the enemy knows, to break up the family, is to destroy the foundation.

But when you have the comfort and love of family, like Big Mama said in Soul Food, “one finger will make no impact, but when you ball up all them fingers into a fist, then you can strike a mighty blow….this family got to be that fist!” So during times of joy, of sorrow, of accomplishments, of direst, family must stick together. Troubles come, but they fade. Friends move in and out of our lives like seasons and wind. But the love and strength of family can keep you constant, keep you focused, and keep you sane in life. Be that fist.

Something to leave you with:

A united family eats from the same plate. ~ Baganda proverb                                                                       Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family. ~ Ethiopian proverb                                                        If I am in harmony with my family, that’s success. ~ Ute proverb

Love you family…be strong

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