This time is full of exposure, tough adjustments, and short fuses. The pandemic is hard on everyone, and the racism some are experiencing is another humongous emotional load. And is any kind of hurt more painful than rejection?
In these times, it seems no one is safe from labels. Slander. Harsh criticism on social media. Past mistakes are remembered and dragged into the present. We crave mercy that seems impossible to find outside our family, and we all need forgiveness for how we might be negatively reacting to the hard circumstances around us.
At home, however, we can show grace. We offer the gift of second chances. Our love refuses to hold a grudge or keep a “record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).
No matter how hard we fall, our family is there to take us by the hand and lift us to our feet. We know the forgiveness we’ve received through Jesus, so we offer that same forgiveness to one another.
Our families have suffered a great deal of loss in this season.
So much has been taken—jobs and paychecks. Health. Playdates and classrooms. Church and community. Traditions and travel. Those losses can make us—and our kids—feel depleted and afraid.
Yet we still have much to offer one another. We hold the gift of undivided attention to share with the ones we love. We can lavish words of encouragement and affirmation on our family to build them up.
With helpful hands, we can lighten the load. A little creativity and effort can say, “I love you,” and create fun memories for life.
Our generosity at home—of our time, attention, and hearts—provides gifts that nothing can take away.
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