Family around dinner tableLove and respect for one another on Thanksgiving Day? Yes, with so much talk about self and independence, I was awed by a family’s love and respect for one another. The host couple has eight children, and they were all home. Have you ever witnessed something like this?

One of the children is married and arrived with her husband and their three children. The oldest is only seven years old.

The host parents of the eight children invited another couple with their two children, a deaf woman who signs to communicate, and me to their Thanksgiving dinner.

The love and respect in that home would never indicate that twenty people were there. The two youngest children played with their sister’s three kids in one of the bedrooms by the kitchen. No one argued, screamed, or cried. They smiled, talked, and laughed.

When it was time to eat, the host children told me what side dish they prepared for the Thanksgiving dinner. They were proud of their contributions and of one another. An older daughter purchased flowers for her mother when she realized how tired she was.

Have you thought of having your children or grandchildren prepare a side dish for a holiday meal? Christmas is coming up.

During the meal, the host children and their sister’s three little ones ate in the den. They continued to talk and laugh. Once again, no one argued, screamed, or cried.

The adults sat at the large table in the kitchen. Through the bay window, I could see the host couple’s two youngest children bounce on the trampoline with their sister’s three little ones after they ate. Again, I was awed by their love and respect for one another.

When the tired smiling kids came back inside, they ate dessert and played inside.

Meanwhile, the host mother used sign language to communicate with a deaf woman. Every so often, her youngest son joined the adults and signed also. His love and respect not only for his extended family but also for that deaf woman and all the guests impressed me.

Wouldn’t you like to have a family like that one?

John 13:35: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Dear God, help me live by this passage in John 13:35. Amen.

What will you do this week to show love and respect for your family and others?

Copyright© by Yvonne Ortega November 27, 2017

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