When our kids were wee-little, a family tradition was started.
We all went to a U-pick and gathered strawberries, or raspberries, or blueberries, or apples.
This was a 1/2 day event.
Back at home, sticky fingers and faces were cleaned, prickles removed from clothing, and stained shirts tossed in the washer.
With clean play clothes on, we gathered around the dining room table and cleaned the fruit. It took a few stains on the wood table to figure out we needed a plastic cloth under our work. Afterwards, sticky fingers and faces were washed again, stained shirts tossed in the washer, and berries put in the fridge.
The next day, kids, hubby and I took turns stirring the fruit in the pot,
pouring in sugar,
filling jars, sealing them and turning them upside-down for the 24-hour wait.
Except this family is not good at waiting. During the cooking process, one jar was set aside as the left over jar. The last teaspoons from each batch and a smidgeon of that yummy foam filled the jar. It was left on the counter along with a loaf of bread and a table knife for taste testers and quality control managers. Spoils of war.
This year, only one adult child was available for the family canning day. But, the other two called and said we had to save them each a jar.
I must admit, I've never tasted homemade raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, or apple preserves as good as ours. You could say the same about whatever your family does together, right? Projects are the best when the family gets together. Yep.
I get the same feeling and see the same results when Christian friends gather together for a job. Whether it's writing, singing, VBS, cooking, cleaning, fixing up the church, whatever...doesn't it just seem like the project is fun, that you've spent your day well, that you really got so much more out of the job than work...because you had time with family biological and Spiritual.
Let's extend this one step deeper. God, as our Father loves to see His kids together. Sometimes He has to orchestrate the need for the gathering because we are too busy. At each gathering, God is there. In Zephaniah 3:17 God tells us He joys over us with singing. Isn't that too awesome for words? Takes your breath away just thinking about it, doesn't it?
Yeah. Me too.
Our God has created an awesome family. And family times...are the memory makers, and the heart warmers, and the ... what good feelings are made of.
So...make some plans to have family fun. Biological or spiritual. God will be there laughing, consoling, and singing with you. Have fun.
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