Last week some dear friends came to visit our family. The daddy's had worked together 10 years ago and we had lost track of each other through moves over the years. After reconnecting with them recently, we planned a 4-day reunion at our home. The ages of the kids was nearly identical, but I wasn't sure how their four children and our four children would get along after all these years. It didn't take long to find out. I felt like we had picked up where we left off. The parents were chatting; the children were chatting. There were so many cross-conversations, as there often are with girls at our house! Sometimes I just stopped to listen and laugh.
There were a total of five teenagers--17, 16, 16, 13, 13--but they didn't go off to do their own thing. We all stayed together and played games, went sightseeing, cleaned up, and just hung out. It was such a blessing to be around these teens and to be together as a families--all without the aid of electronics!
After several days, my husband and I talked about how easy it was to reconnect with this lovely family. They had expressed that because of their standards, they sometimes feel alone in the community where they live. Sometimes we feel alone, too, because we feel we're swimming upstream against a very strong current of our culture. You may feel the same way. Be encouraged that there is a remnant of parents who are swimming upstream from our culture and working intentionally and diligently to raise children who will love, serve, and glorify God forever. You're not alone!