Title: A Family in Agreement
A good family bond is important in today’s society. With all of the distractions in our world today, keeping our families as our first priority can help to ensure a better future. Prayer, love, patience, communication, support, counseling and trust are among several factors that can increase the unity within one’s family.
Families are built upon different principles and may be nothing like the ‘cookie cutter’ families that you see on television. It’s not always a mother, father, two kids and a dog. Even though this may be true for some, not everyone’s household is made up that way. Regardless of the type of family one has, each one must maintain a certain level of unity.
Prayer is a top factor that should be utilized fervently to strengthen one’s family bond. Prayer amongst the family as a whole as well as individually, gives growth and unity a place to start. Prayer sets the stage for love and patience. Trusting in God for support first enables better trust, communication and support within one’s family.
A 15 year old boy lost his parents at the age of 9. His parents were on their way home from the hospital with their new born daughter, but they never made it home due to a fatal accident. The boy was left in the care of his grandparents and uncle. Losing his parents and new sister was hard for all of them and his uncle seemed to take it the hardest by having a nervous breakdown. With the loss of his parents, his uncle’s hardships and grandparent’s old age, you might think that he was left in an unfortunate situation.
The reality is that even though they may be what some consider a ‘make shift’ family, they are family none the less. They pray together daily and not just at dinner time. They sit and talk about each other’s day; no matter if it was good or bad they communicate. Counseling is not something they go out in search for; it’s done right at home. Trusting in each other’s opinions and actions shows the support that they have for one another. Patience has to be practiced constantly, especially due to the three generations cohabitating as they are. The differences amongst them are many, but overall their love for one another compensates for anything that may try to break their union.
Family equals unity and to strengthen this unity should be what we strive for daily. Our families are who and what we make them. The young man lost his birth parents and his only sibling. He did not choose this fate but he wouldn’t dare imagine his life any different now. He misses his mother and father but he also loves his uncle and grandparents dearly.
His story reminds us to communicate with one another, give support, counsel when needed, and pray together. Set an example by exhibiting a patient, loving, and trusting nature. The family structure can only stand as strong as the foundation set in the beginning. So, no matter how your family is pieced together; make sure you have a firm ground to stand on.