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Two weeks ago I had the opportunity of reuniting with my two remaining brothers and their wives in Alabama.

My eldest brother and his wife from Pennsylvania drove down to Moody, Alabama, where my youngest brother and his wife live. Their home is on the top of a small mountain, surrounded by trees, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is quiet, relaxing, and refreshing just to be where you don’t hear or see anything but nature and wildlife and those around you.

Maybe it’s because of our ages (nearly 91 to 80), but the solitude made for such an enjoyable time together. As we would sit in the rocking chairs on the front porch and visit, it reminded us of more peaceful and unhurried times in our lives. The weather was absolutely beautiful and warm. The first day we noticed one tree beginning to show some blossoms. The next morning, there were more and more trees popping forth. Each day we enjoyed seeing more of nature’s beauty. Red buds, Forsythia, Pear trees, and even bright tulips were becoming alive in all their glory the morning I left. An early Spring that we were privileged to enjoy while there.

Being together again was not only refreshing, but encouraging and uplifting for each of us. Family is extremely important to me. I appreciate and value every moment I can spend time with any of my family and I miss that when I’m not together with them.

How often do you make the effort, or take time to call, talk, or visit with your family members? Maybe there are strained relationships with some members. Maybe there are difficult memories of past problems. Maybe some of your relatives are no longer with you. But are there those who are? I would suggest you take the first step. Forgive if necessary, reach out and reconnect, make restitution, and enjoy the time you have left to become family again.

If our Heavenly Father can forgive us whenever we ask, we certainly should make the effort to do likewise. Life goes by so very quickly. Make the most of whatever time you have to enjoy one another to the fullest. We never know what may come next.

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