Last December, my father started a new habit. Every morning he texts his sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and brothers to great them good morning. His text often begins "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be gland!" (It seems the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree). It is wonderful to receive a text from him each morning. I look forward to it. What made my dad start up this new practice? That is a long story.
My parents had a difficult fall. Last summer, my father's brother was diagnosed with cancer. We he could no longer care for himself, he moved into my parents' house and his daughter and my parents cared for him until his death. Then a month later my mother's brother was diagnosed with cancer and given only months to live. He moved into my parent's house, and they cared for him until he died, a month later. A few weeks after that, a close family friend died.
There are a lot of emotions that go through you after so much loss, and there are many ways that you respond. It makes you take stock of life and reminds you what a precious gift it is. It reinforces how important it is to tell the people you love how much they mean to you. More than that, it reminds you to take time every day to connect to them.
My parents live in Mississippi, my brother lives in Tennessee, and, of course we live here, so connecting to each other on a regular basis is difficult. It doesn't happen unless we are intentional. My father has decided that he is going to use modern technology to help him. So, each morning, he sends each of us a text. It is a simple act, but it means the world to me. I am glad that he is doing it, and I have begun to do it too.
My prayer for you this year is that you take the opportunities you have each day to tell those you care about how much you love them. It doesn't need to be a grand act. Simple gestures are powerful. God's has blessed us with people who love us and enrich our lives. Taking the time to let them know how much we care is blesses them and strengths your relationships.