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Summer Family Reunions Redefined

June 7, 2023

By Donna Monson



Midweek Musings is a bi-weekly Covenant blog with a variety of authors and a variety of topics.



Family reunions are one of my favorite parts of the summer season. These marvelous gatherings provide opportunities to connect with extended family who share common links and history.


The traditions of reunions in my family go back to 1903 on my father’s side of the family, and 1919 on my mother’s side. Needless to say, I attended many, many, many reunions growing up.


I have fond memories of the endless food choices, the games (especially playing Bingo with the older people), the laughter, the sharing of memories and stories, the heat of the summer day, the smells of farm animals, and especially the confusion of lining up for a group photo for posterity.



By definition, a reunion is a gathering of two or more people who have not seen each other in a while. In the 21st century, extended families are more connected throughout the year with social media, emails, texts, and Zoom calls; while others may remain in the background only weaving in and out of our lives every few years during family reunions.


This summer is an excellent opportunity to enhance the definition of family reunions to include your church family. Why not have a planned or spontaneous gathering with a person, or people, from your extended church family?


As a church family we have that glorious spiritual connection God has given us. We walk through life together encouraging, supporting, and praying for each other.


Are there people in the church that you have been thinking about and have not seen in a while? Contemplate ways to reach out and connect with coffee or a meal, a walk together, an email, a phone call, or playing a board game. Share some church memories and stories, and maybe even take a photo for posterity.


Matthew 18:20 reminds us that, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”


So, this summer connect and celebrate all the family in your life!



Summer blessings,

Donna

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